Scattered Incidents Of Violence Mar Fourth Phase Polling...

cattered incidents of violence marred the fourth phase of lok sabha polls in the eight parliamentary constituencies of West bengal on monday as TMC and bjp workers clashed in various parts of violence-hit Birbhum and Bardhaman-Durgapur seats. Although the poll panel claimed that voting has been peaceful so far, it said it had received 1,700 complaints till 1 pm from different political parties alleging EVM malfunctioning and agents being stopped from entering booths. Clashes broke out between supporters of TMC and bjp in Monteswar’s Susunia area of Bardhaman-Durgapur lok sabha seat around noon, as bjp candidate dilip ghosh was on his way to a polling booth following complaints of booth jamming.

As Ghosh was on his way, TMC supporters blocked his convoy and squatted in front of his vehicle, starting a protest against him. Stones were hurled at his convoy, following which some of the cars of the security personnel tailing his convoy were damaged. Ghosh was also heckled by the TMC activists, sources claimed.

“Police are just mute spectators. The TMC has let loose a reign of terror. Since morning, TMC goons have beaten up our polling agents and are not allowing polling to be free and fair,” Ghosh told reporters. Ghosh’s convoy was again attacked at Kalna gate in Bardhaman-Durgapur constituency. Ghosh said he had gone to a booth there following allegations of TMC not allowing BJP’s booth agents.

Bricks were pelted at his convoy leading to serious injury of central police personnel deployed in his security, sources claimed. “This is for the second time that my convoy was attacked today. Two of my security personnel were injured and had to be taken to hospital for treatment,” Ghosh said.

The TMC, however, denied the charges and claimed Ghosh was ”trying to vitiate the atmosphere sensing defeat.” In Durgapur area of the same constituency, clashes broke out between the TMC and the bjp, following which saffron activists staged a sit-in. In Birbhum lok sabha constituency, bjp workers clashed with TMC activists in Nanoor after saffron party polling agents were allegedly stopped from entering booths.

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