WB Panchayat Polls: Death Toll Reaches 26


Kolkata: Violence marred the poll process in West Bengal as voting began for the panchayat polls for the 20 districts of the state. Multiple incidents of clashes and threats were reported from various districts.

The toll from violence during and after the panchayat polls rose to 26 with at least seven more deaths being reported on Tuesday.
Details of the seven deaths follow:

Name: Pranab Biswas, 35

Place: Duttapulia in Dhantala, Nadia

Party link: Trinamul’s former gram panchayat member, the husband of a current candidate.

How: A mob of around 300 suspected BJP supporters attacked his residence on Tuesday morning for his alleged role in the capture of booths on Monday and lynched him.

Names: Gokul Meikup, 45, and Gokul Barui, 35

Place: Arjun Nagar in Bhupatinagar, East Midnapore

Party link: The Opposition alleged they were Trinamul workers, but the ruling party denied it.

How: An accidental explosion killed the duo while they were allegedly making bombs, along with others, in a fishery on Monday night.

Name: Gour Sarkar, 67

Place: Bogram in Raiganj, North Dinajpur

Party link: A man with no known political affiliation

How: Sarkar’s body was found in a bush on Tuesday morning after he went for a walk. His family has alleged that he was murdered by Trinamul for defying the local leadership and casting his vote.

Name: Jinnahtul Haque, 30

Place: Suktabari in Cooch Behar

Party link: Dissident Trinamul worker

How: He was injured critically in a clash between supporters of the ruling party’s youth wing and the parent organisation on Monday. He succumbed to his injuries in a hospital on Tuesday morning.

Name: Jullur Rahman, 50

Place: Durgapur of Tapan, South Dinajpur

Party link: Trinamul supporter

How: He sustained critical injuries in a clash between Trinamul and RSP members and was rushed to the Malda Medical College. He succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday morning

Name: Sushil Das, 45

Place: Joshur in Habra, North 24-Parganas

Party link: Trinamul supporter

How: A clash broke out between supporters of the BJP and Trinamul after Sushil had allegedly arrived with others to a booth on Monday. He was beaten up with bamboo sticks and admitted to the Barasat District Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday.