WB Panchayat Polls: Rigging, Bombing, Political Clashes


Kolkata: The panchayat polls in West Bengal are rapidly emerging as a warm up match for the BJP ahead the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, with the saffron party pulling out all stops to reach out to the people.

As many as 20 people were injured in fresh clashes which broke out between two groups here in Cooch Behar on Monday morning, amid the ongoing panchayat polls in the state.

As per a local, a number of individuals had gone to cast their vote at a polling station here, when they were attacked with sticks by a group of All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers. Subsequently, the injured were admitted to MJN Hospital for treatment.

Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporter Sujit Kumar Das was slapped by West Bengal Minister Rabindra Nath Ghosh at Cooch Behar’s booth no. 8/12 in the presence of police.

As panchayat polls get underway, many incidents of violence have been reported from different pockets of the state.

In North 24 Parganas, a Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPM worker and his wife, who were charred to death after their house was torched last night, alleged that TMC workers were behind the attack.

Incidents of violence were also reported from Bhangar, where a media vehicle was torched and a camera broken, after which media was prohibited from entering the area.
Furthermore, Bhangar locals blocked the roads, alleging that TMC workers were capturing the polling booth.

On the other hand, a TMC worker, Anarul Mita, suffered bullet injuries in an attack in Cooch Behar’s Dinhata on late Sunday night, after which he was admitted to the hospital in a critical condition.

The victim has alleged that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers are behind the attack. Considering the history of violence in the state panchayat polls, elaborate security arrangements have been made to maintain law and order during the polling.

Around 46000 personnel of West Bengal Police, 12000 of Kolkata Police were getting support from around 1500 security personnel from other states.