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Friday , April 18 , 2014
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The state’s police chief was one of the many voters who found their names missing from the voters’ list on Thursday.

Director-general of police (DGP) Abhayanand, whose Patel Nagar house falls under the jurisdiction of the Patna Sahib Lok Sabha constituency’s Digha Assembly segment, could not cast his franchise as his name didn’t figure in the electoral rolls.

Abhayanand said: “This has happened with me for the second time. Earlier, my name was missing from the electoral rolls during the 2010 Assembly elections. I could not exercise my franchise even then.”

The DGP said he could not get time to verify his name in the voters’ list. “I was busy in official work, so I could not verify my name. I found the nast his vote at the polling booth located at Patel Nagar.

There were others who shared Abhayanand’s predicament. Dr U.P. Singh, former head of surgery department of Patna Medical College and Hospital also could not vote as he didn’t find his name in the booth number 72 in Munnachak area. A disappointed Dr Singh said: “In the Assembly elections and in the last general election, I had voted. But today (Thursday), when I checked the voter’s list, I didn’t find my name. I tried to locate my name in the last election’s voter list but to my surprise, I couldn’t find my name. How could my name disappear from the last election’s voter list when I had cast vote? How can this happen? The person sitting in the booth told me that I had not cast my vote in the last election. The officials concerned have cut my name with one stroke of the pen and because of them, I couldn’t exercise my franchise today which was my right. The officials concerned who are involved in this need to be punished. The least action which should be taken is that their one increment should be held back,” said Singh.

In Digha, names of a large number of voters were found missing. Rohit Raj, (28) who had come to cast his vote at Rajkiya Madhya Vidyalaya, Digha Ghat, said: “I could not find my name in the voters’ list here. There is no proper system at this booth. There is no computer or laptop. Had the name of voters been fed into the laptop or computer, we won’t have to struggle like this.”

Rishideo Ram (53), a retired government employee, who was also agitated for not being able to cast his vote at the same booth, said: “Yeh sab saazish ke tahat kiya gaya hai. Ek ghante se main yahan wait kar raha hoon par yahan puri lachar vyavastha hai. (All this has been done according to a conspiracy. I am waiting over here for the past one hour. There is completely anarchy here).” Ram also couldn’t find his name in the voter list.