|  |  | 

India Top Headlines

Sporadic violence marks the fifth phase of Bengal polls | India News


SALT LAKE / BURDWAN / SILIGURI: Sporadic incidents of violence were reported in some areas where elections were taking place in the fifth phase of the assembly elections in West Bengal on Saturday, authorities said.
Elections were being held in 45 seats in northern 24 Parganas, Purba Bardhaman and Nadia in southern Bengal, and Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts in the north.
Security personnel are keeping a close watch and have addressed some incidents that were reported, said an official from the office of the Director General of Elections (CEO).
In the Shantinagar area of ​​Bidhanagar, a clash broke out between TMC supporters and the BJP and both sides accused each other of preventing voters from going to the polls.
Bricks and stones were thrown, injuring eight people, authorities said.
A large contingent from the central force was transferred to the scene to control the situation, they said.
TMC MLA Sujit Bose and BJP candidate Sabyasachi Dutta visited the site to take stock of the situation.
In Siliguri, a fight broke out between TMC and CPI (M) supporters outside a voting booth.
In Santipur, in the Nadia district, the TMC alleged that central forces personnel were asking voters to return, a charge that authorities dismissed.
Furthermore, the TMC alleged that the BJP captured a voting booth in the Bardhaman Uttar constituency. The accusation was denied by the opposition party, while election officials said no such incident has occurred.
In Bijpur, in North 24 Parganas, TMC and BJP supporters clashed after the opposition party alleged that voters were prevented from going to the booths.
The BJP also alleged that some of its agents in the Minakha constituency of the same district were “kidnapped” by the TMC.
The TMC said the BJP is not strong enough to delegate officers to all booths and that is why it was making such an “unfounded” allegation.
A total of 1,13,47,344 people are eligible to vote. Of these, 57,35,766 are men, 56,11,354 are women and 224 are third gender.
Except for these few incidents, the overall situation was peaceful, a voting panel official said.
In many places, voters were seen without masks amid the resurgence of the coronavirus, raising concern. Security forces ensured social distancing at the booths, while election officials handed out masks, hand sanitizers and polyethylene gloves to voters.
Voting began at 7 am and will continue until 6.30 pm at 15,789 stations in the six districts.
Until 11 in the morning, an electoral participation of 36.02 percent was registered.
The Electoral Commission has deployed 853 companies of central forces in this phase.

Original source