Bollywood actress Sunny Leone, who isn’t even an Indian citizen, is apparently a voter in Ballia. In the voter’s list that is been prepared for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Sunny’s picture featured on a voter ID card alongside the name of one Durgawati.
Not only Sunny’s, pictures of an elephant, a pigeon and a deer were also on the list. The errors were detected and rectified during the process of verification of the list, an official said today, blaming a disgruntled data operator.
While the actor’s picture was pasted against the name of the 51-year-old woman, a voter who goes by the name of Kunwar Ankur Singh was represented by a deer and another called Kunwar Gaurav Singh looked exactly like a pigeon, according to the list.
Narad Rai, a former minister in the Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav governments in Uttar Pradesh, was also among the victims. He had a picture of an elephant beside his name in the updated voter’s list.
“We found out on 15 August that voter IDs of around seven to eight voters are tampered with and their photos have been replaced with those of birds and animals. It was clear that this has been done by one of our operators. Operator Vishnu Dev Verma was arrested,” Mukul Kumar Singhal, Ballia Additional District Magistrate told PTI.
He blamed a data operator for the mischief and said, “A data operator on contract, Vishnu Verma, was sore over his transfer and indulged in this. Out of mischief, he pasted such pictures against the names of seven voters.”
Singhal added that the Election Commission was informed and the errors corrected. “The mischief was discovered during the verification of the list,” he said.
Sriparna Ganguly, Ballia Superintendent of Police, said that an FIR has been lodged against the data operator at Ballia Kotwali police station.
-With agency inputs