Assault on Media, Police Arrest 3

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Kolkata: After a wave of criticism and anger ran across the state over the brutal assault mounted on media personnel allegedly by ruling Trinamool goons during the Bidhannagar civic polls on October 3, police on Monday arrested 3 people in a bid to save face.

“We have arrested Ashis Ghosh, Bittu Das, Gopal Routh. We will move the lower court with prayer of test identification parade,” said a senior official of Bidhannagar Police.

Several reporters and camera persons were allegedly assaulted by unidentified men when they covering the election. The opposition parties, CPI(M), Congress and BJP, have blamed the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) for the attack and alleged malpractices. TMC has blamed the CPI(M) for instigating the violence.

Yesterday, the state Election Commission had postponed counting of votes in the election to Bidhannagar, and Asansol municipal corporations after allegations of large-scale violence by the opposition which also demanded fresh elections.

The counting of votes in the elections was earlier scheduled to be conducted on October 7. The Election Commission said it would go through reports and video footage of violence from its own sources and also news channels before taking any further decision.

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