At least six persons were killed and several others injured after violent clashes between rival groups marred the panchayat elections in rural Bengal on Monday.
A student, identified as Soujit Pramanik, was alleged lynched by villagers in Nadia district’s Santipur.
The deceased, who was associated with TMC, had reportedly gone to capture a booth along with two workers, which enraged the local residents.
Booth number 180 of North 24 Parganas’s Amdanga Panchpot was allegedly captured and people were not being allowed to vote.
A CPI(M) worker was also killed during bombing in the area and two others injured.
Another TMC worker, Arif Ali, was shot dead at Kultuli in South 24 Parganas, while a BJP worker was killed in Murshidabad.
A CPI(M) worker and his wife were killed in 24 South Parganas when suspected Trinamool Congress supporters set their house on fire.
At least 20 people have been injured after a crude bomb explosion in Amdanga’s Sadhanpur in North 24 Parganas
Ruling TMC minister Rabindranath Ghosh has been sent a showcause notice by the State Election Commission for slapping a BJP poll agent in Natabari.
Mr Ghosh, who was caught on cam slapping a BJP supporter, claimed that “BJP agent was trying to run away with ballot box when officers caught hold of him but people said let him go. I just drove people away using my hand, that’s all. TMC hasn’t attacked anyone”.
As clashes broke between Congress and BJP workers in Malda district’s Ratua, a group of voters approached media personnel and said that miscreants were roaming with pistols and a man, who had gone out to vote, was held at gunpoint by them.
They said that they are forced to “boycott” voting as it is “unsafe” for them to go to violence-hit booths.
Ballot papers were thrown in a pond after a clash that broke out between TMC and BJP workers in Murshidabad, following which voting has been stopped.
Five local journalists were injured after violence, following booth capturing in Birpara, allegedly by TMC workers.
One woman candidate of BJP was allegedly beaten up at a booth in Duttapukur area of 24 North Parganas district’s Kadmbagachi when she was trying to enter a booth.
The miscreants also “threatened to kill” her.