EC orders adjournment of polls at polling station no 126
Kolkata, April 10
Four people have died as the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) opened fire after purportedly coming under attack in Sitalkuchi in West Bengal’s Cooch Behar district.
Four more were injured in the incident which took place outside booth no. 126 at Jorapatki in Sitalkuchi. TMC has claimed that all those killed are party supporters.
A spokesperson of the poll panel said the decision was based on an interim report filed by special observers.
Detailed reports have been sought from them and the state Chief Electoral Officer by 5 pm.
Earlier in the day, a young BJP supporter Ananda Burman was killed in the area when alleged TMC supporters fired at voters who were standing a queue outside a polling booth.
The EC has asked for an action-taken report on the incident.
The 18-year-old voter, Ananda Barman, was allegedly gunned down by miscreants outside booth number 85 in Pathantuli area after clashes broke out between activists of the ruling TMC and the BJP.
The incident led to violence in the area as bombs were hurled, prompting central forces to baton-charge to bring the situation under control, police said.
“We have received information about a person being shot outside a polling booth in Sitalkuchi in Cooch Behar. We have sought a report from the micro observer,” an Election Commission official said.
The Trinamool Congress has moved the EC, complaining against the BJP of not allowing its agents to enter several booths at Coochbehar’s Natabari, Sitalkuchi, Tufanganj, Mathabhanga and Dinhata.
The BJP has denied the allegations.
In Ganguly Bagan area in Jadavpur constituency, the booth agent of CPI(M) candidate Sujan Chakraborty was reportedly attacked by a “fake voter”, who threw chilli powder at her while trying to escape, the officials said.
A central police contingent was rushed to the spot following the incident.
Meanwhile, BJP candidate Indranil Khan accused the central forces of not taking action against bogus voters in Kasba constituency in Kolkata.
Over 1.15 crore voters are eligible to exercise their franchise to decide the fate of 373 candidates, including Union minister Babul Supriyo and state ministers Partha Chatterjee and Arup Biswas.
Tight security arrangements have been made to ensure peaceful voting with 789 companies of central armed police forces (CAPF) being deployed to guard 15,940 polling stations.