Deaths, violence, proxy votes and crude bombs | That’s polling in West Bengal
West Bengal is a state which has a history of poll-related violence and this year is no different. The perpetrators this time belong to Congress and TMC.
- A reserve polling agent was found dead in his house in Buniadpur, Dakshin Dinajpur in West Bengal – hanging under mysterious circumstances
- Babulal Murmu was on the reserve election team in the area in West Bengal where polls were conducted in the third phase
- West Bengal also saw violence erupt as workers of the Congress and ruling TMC came to blows over alleged proxy voting at the booth
- A voter standing in the queue was killed in a clash between the Congress and the TMC workers in Baligram area of Murshidabad
Police said that the voter Tiyarul Kalam was injured while waiting for his turn to cast his vote. Kalam was rushed to a hospital where was declared dead on arrival.
Another related incident saw three TMC workers severely injured by a crude bomb hurled at them in Domkal municipality in the district.
Murshidabad is witness to CPI (M) candidate Badaruddoza Khan seeking re-election but has a tough fight against TMC’s Abu Taher Khan, BJP’s Humayun Kabir and the Congress’ Abu Hena.
Third phase of voting saw five Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal go to polls.