Maharashtra Army Man Demands Rs 2.5 Cr from Uddhav’s Leader for ‘Hacking EVMs’


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Army man allegedly offered Rs 2.5 crore to Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative Council. (Image: PTI)

Army man allegedly offered Rs 2.5 crore to Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative Council. (Image: PTI)

An Army havaldar from Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar claimed he had a special chip through which he could ensure that all the votes from the EVM would go to Uddhav Thackeray’s Shiv Sena.

An Army man has been arrested for allegedly offering Rs 2.5 crore to Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative Council. He reportedly tried to lure Ambadas Danve for ‘hacking’ Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in Aurangabad being used for the Lok Sabha elections.

According to a report in Indian Express, the man has been identified as Maruti Dhakne, an Army Havaldar and a native of Ahmednagar district. He had allegedly sent Danve a message on his phone with an offer to hack EVMs.

The report further stated that he claimed he had a special chip through which he could ensure that all the votes from the EVM would go to his party, which is Uddhav Thackeray’s faction of Shiv Sena.

While Danve himself is not contesting the Lok Sabha elections, his party has fielded a candidate from Aurangabad Lok Sabha seat that will vote in the fourth phase on May 13.

The report stated that Danve approached the police who decided to lay a trap. An associate of Danve then went to meet Dhakne along with policemen.

According to IE, Dhakne told Danve’s associate, during the meeting, that he would be willing to hand over the chip for Rs 1.5 crore as well and that Danve would have to pay an advance of Rs 1 lakh on the same day.

As per prior police instructions, when Danve gave Rs 1 lakh to Dhakne, a police team along with the witnesses approached them and took Dhakne into custody. Dhakne has been taken into custody by the Economic Offence Wing of the police, the report stated.

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