Despite A Few Stray Incidents, Vote In Kolkata Peaceful

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Kolkata: Kolkata Police on Thursday termed the voting in seven constituencies here as “peaceful” despite a few stray incidents, including the arrest of a Trinamool Congress leader and heckling of Union Minister Babul Supriyo at a polling booth, during the third phase of West Bengal Assembly elections.

“No such major incident was reported from the seven constituencies where polls were held today. We have taken necessary measures whenever we got complaints today,” Special Additional CP (Headquarters) Supratim Sarkar told after the elections were over this evening. Around 63 people including three women were arrested mainly because of violating section 144 of the CrPC.

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While 52 including three women were arrested from Beleghata, nine were held from Phoolbagan, one from Entally and another person from Jorabagan as “preventive measures”, a senior officer of Kolkata Police said.

Three “notorious” persons were arrested for heckling two journalists of two news channels, he said adding one person was injured after a brief confrontation with the CPF at a booth on Aravinda Sarani when he was found roaming there without a voter identity card.

Talking about the arrest of TMC leader Anwar Khan for allegedly abusing the Election Commission, the senior IPS officer said “We have started a suo motu case against him and he has been charged under sections 506 and 188 of IPC based on video clippings sent by the Commission. We have found that his was a cognisable offence and have arrested him.”

Khan, a resident of the Cossipore area, was caught on camera allegedly speaking to partymen over his mobile phone and asking them to “hit the EC on its face with shoes”.

Following this, Chief Electoral Officer Sunil Gupta called up Kolkata Police Commissioner Soumen Mitra to arrest Khan, who was already under police “surveillance” owing to his “influence” in the Cossipore-Belgachia constituency where polling was held today.