WB Panchayat Polls: TMC-BJP Clashes Continue


Siliguri: Ahead of the panchayat elections, clashes continue in north Bengal districts. Trinamul and BJP supporters clashed at least in two locations, at Jalpaiguri and North Dinajpur districts.

West Bengal continues to witness violence ahead of the panchayat polls which were earlier slated to be held in three phases on 1, 3 and 5 May — but were pushed back to 14 May after the Calcutta High Court stayed the polling process on petitions moved by the opposition parties.

In Jalpaiguri, police were even attacked by BJP supporters, who also smashed a vehicle. Three BJP supporters have been arrested. Sources said BJP and Trinamul supporters clashed at Dakshin Khuttimari, a village in Dhupguri block.

Earlier, violence was also reported from Kandi in Murshidabad where a Congress rally led by State president and MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury was attacked by TMC workers. In Hooghly district’s Arambagh, former All India Forward Bloc (AIFB) MLA Biswanath Karak was heckled and assaulted by TMC cadres.