Kolkata: Sporadic incidents of violence, including assault on journalists and damage to vehicles, were reported from the seven constituencies of West Bengal that went to polls in the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections on Monday. Five FIRs have been registered till 5pm in the afternoon at Monday. Among the names Arjun Singh and Locket Chatterjee are there.
Trinamool workers allegedly assaulted BJP’s Arjun Singh at Mohanpur in Barrackpore. The scuffle broke out when Singh visited a polling booth. While he alleged that his party agent was heckled, Trinamool workers accused Singh of trying to instigate violence.
Dinesh Trivedi alleged that Arjun Singh came to the Chalk Kathalia area and threatened to burn house of grassroots workers. After the incident, the Election Commission ordered to see the report. According to the commission sources, an FIR has been registered in the Mohanpur incident, in which BJP candidate Arjun Singh is named.
At Dhanekhali in Sreerampur, BJP candidate Locket Chatterjee alleged that she was manhandled by Trinamool workers and her car was ransacked. The Trinamool alleged that Chatterjee tried to damage an EVM.
“At Dhanekhali, 90 per cent of the booths were rigged by Trinamool workers. When I went in one of the booths, I was manhandled and my vehicle was vandalised. I demand repoll in all the booths in Dhanekhali,” Chatterjee said. At Belmuri in Hooghly, Chatterjee was videographed threatening a polling officer and a few Trinamool supporters. The EC has sought a report in this regard.