Screengrab from the video showing the teenager casting votes

By TNM Staff

A 17-year-old teenager has been detained in Uttar Pradesh after a video showing him casting votes eight times in Farrukhabad Lok Sabha constituency went viral on Sunday, May 19. The boy was identified as the son of Khiri Pamaran village gram pradhan and BJP member Anil Singh Thakur. 

Chief Electoral Officer Navdeep Rinwa has recommended a repolling to be held in the voting station following the incident. “An FIR has been registered under various sections, including those related to violation of voting secrecy,” he said. A complaint was filed to the district election officer by the constituency’s Samajwadi Party candidate Naval Kishor Shakya.

In the two-minute 19 second video, the boy could be seen casting vote eight times on different occasions for BJP candidate Mukesh Rajput with multiple ID cards on an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM). A beep sound could be heard and the VVPAT machine could be seen printing slips with the BJP party symbol. The video was reportedly shared as stories on his Facebook profile.

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