According to a sting operation carried out by Hindi News channel Aaj Tak, it has come to light that the Booth Level Officers (BLOs) and agents are "hand in gloves", in the shocking crime.
In the video, that was reportedly made in Gurgaon in Haryana, it has been shown that some agents reveal that a "fake vote" can help a person to earn upto Rs 2000.
The appalling video has reportedly captured at least ten BLOs, who are involved in the dirty game of playing with the faith of voters, who want a change in the system.
The video further reveals that multiple voter IDs are being made on a single voter's photograph.
Rs 2000 are given to a person in exchange of one fake vote.
Moreover, the election ink removers are also being sold in the market.
"I can get you 10,000 votes. Just catch one Booth Level Officer. BLO is the key," an agent was quoted as saying.
Lemon juice and Papaya extract to remove election ink mark!
In the video, Gurgaon district's Booth level officer Mukesh Kumar informs about "ways to remove the election ink mark."
"Just apply juice of lemon on your inked finger," he said.
Similarly, in another sting in South Delhi, the video shows that a vote agent suggests, "The ink can be removed applying Papaya's liquid extract on the finger before casting your vote."
The 'unseen' and 'hidden' world of the election mafia has shaken the basic faith of the voters in the electoral system.
3 poll officials held in Gurgaon for making fake voter cards
Three poll officials have been arrested for allegedly preparing fake voter identity cards in Haryana's Gurgaon district, officials said today.
District Election Officer (DEO) Shekhar Vidyarthi ordered registration of FIRs against the three Booth Level Officers (BLOs) after they were purportedly shown taking bribe for preparing fake voter identity card in a sting operation by a private news channel last night, an official statement said.
The three BLOs -- Ashok Kumar, BLO of Booth Number 83 and Karan Singh, BLO of Booth Number 86 in Laxman Vihar area, and Mahesh Kumar, BLO of Booth Number 3 in Mianwali colony -- have been arrested, it said, adding all of them have been booked under various Sections of the Representation of People's Act, 1950.
Besides the FIRs, Vidyarthi has also recommended disciplinary action against them to their parent departments. As soon as information about the sting operation by a TV channel reached Vidyarthi, who is also Deputy Commissioner of Gurgaon, he directed the Electoral Registering Officer (ERO) of Gurgaon cum SDM, Om Prakash to conduct preliminary inquiry.
Following which, Vidyarthi ordered registration of FIR against all the three as per Election Commission guidelines. On the complaint of Om Prakash, FIRs were lodged last night, the statement said.
Meanwhile, all the FORM-6 (required for inclusion of names in the Electoral Rolls), which were collected by the accused BLOs have been taken into custody on the direction of DEO and District Election Office has initiated probe into the matter.
The work of distribution of voters' slips has also been withdrawn from the accused BLOs and assigned to another officials. The Chief Electoral Officer of Haryana Srikant Walgad and Election Commission of India have also been informed about the action taken in the case, it said.
(With PTI inputs)