WB panchayat polls violence: Centre seeks report from Mamata govt
A home ministry official said the state government has been told to provide a detailed report on the circumstances leading to the violence and the steps taken to restore peace and punish those involved in the violence.
Despite massive security arrangements, widespread violence marred the panchayat polls in West Bengal today, leaving at least six people dead and 43 injured.
Clashes between the supporters of the ruling Trinamool Congress and the opposition parties occurred in many parts of the state including North and South 24 Parganas, Nadia, Murshidabad and South Dinajpur districts.
More than 60,000 security personnel from West Bengal and neighbouring states were deployed for the panchayat polls.
WB panchayat polls: Ballot boxed looted at gunpoint in Murshidabad : Ballot boxes were looted at gunpoint on Monday by unidentified people at polling booths in West Bengal’s Murshidabad where the Panchayat Election is just done.
The ongoing Panchayat Election saw huge-scale clashes between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Trinamool Congress workers, resulting in the death of one.
Clashes also broke out between TMC and Congress supporters in Murshidabad.
“BJP agent was trying to run away with the ballot box, while officers caught hold of him but people said to let him go. I just drove people away using my hand, that’s all,” State Minister Rabindra Nath Ghosh told media persons, who was caught on camera slapping a BJP supporter.
On a related note, the voting, which began at 7 a.m. on Monday morning, continued till 5 p.m. in 621 Zilla Parishads, 6157 panchayat samitis, and 31,827 gram panchayats.
The counting will take place on May 17.
Meanwhile, earlier voting booths were vandalised allegedly by Trinamool Congress workers in North Dinajpur’s Sonadangi during Panchayat polls. A lot of violent incidents were reported during then.