12 killed in clashes during WB election; 73% polling

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 15 May 2018 08:27:47



More than 50 injured at different places

Incidents like clashes, booth capturing, vandalising of ballot boxes and rigging reported

In several places, gun-toting goons attacked policemen on duty at polling premises

AT LEAST 12 people were killed and more than 50 injured on Monday in violence during the West Bengal Panchayat polls, where around 73 per cent of the electorate had cast their votes at the end of balloting hours at 5 pm. The State Election Commission said that the polling percentage was 73 at the end of voting hours, though the numbers would go up since 4.5 lakh voters were still queued up across the State.

“We have, so far, received telephonic complaints of ten deaths. We are awaiting written confirmation from authorities on the death toll,” State Election Commission Secretary Nilanjan Shandilya told IANS. A youth was beaten to death as he tried to enter a polling premises in Nadia district while a Trinamool Congress activist was shot dead in South 24 Parganas district’s Kultali, police said.
The Communist Party of India-Marxist claimed one of their activists was killed in bomb attacks in North 24 Parganas district’s Amdanga.

Three deaths were reported from Murshidabad while two were killed in East Midnapore’s Nandigram. Two persons lost their lives in Nadia and North Dinajpur districts.
“Three youths were beaten up by locals in Nadia district’s Shantipur area on Monday morning. Police rescued and got them admitted to a local hospital. One of them, Sanjit Pramanik, succumbed to his injuries,” Nadia district Superintendent of Police Santosh Pandey told IANS.

“Trinamool Congress worker Arif Ali Gazi was shot in the chest while coming out of a polling booth. He died in a hospital,” an officer from Kultali police station said. Though CPI-M’s North 24 Parganas leaders claimed their party activist died in Amdanga after he was attacked with crude bombs, there was no police confirmation. “We have heard of the incident but it is not confirmed yet. We are going to the spot,” an officer from Amdanga police station said. Police sources said that two people were shot in EastMidnapore district’s Nandigram, famous for its historic land movement against the erstwhile Left Front government.

The CPI-M claimed the two dead were party activists. At least seven persons sustained bullet injuries in Murshidabad’s Naoda area, leading to the death of one of them. The remaining were admitted in the district hospital. Earlier, polling to elect 38,616 representatives in the three tiers of Panchayati Raj institutions — Panchayats, Panchayat Samitis and Zila Parishads — started at 7 am.