Fifth phase: Sporadic incidents of violence mark the polling in eight assembly constituencies in Nadia

Fifth phase: Sporadic incidents of violence mark the polling in eight assembly constituencies in Nadia

Biswabrata Goswami

KRISHNAGAR, 17 APRIL: Like previous phases of assembly polls, sporadic incidents of violence, allegations against security personnel, EVM malfunctioning, rigging and intimidation marked the polling at eight assembly seats in Nadia today.

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Though, the district election official said the polling was peaceful barring a few stray incidents of violence at few locations in Santipur, Ranaghat, Chakdah, Kalyani and Gayeshpur areas.

Long queues were seen outside most of the polling booths since the initial hours with people choosing to vote early to avoid the heat.

At many places, voters were seen without masks despite COVID-19 cases increasing across the state and the country.

The security forces ensured social distancing at the booths, while poll officials provided masks, hand sanitisers and polythene gloves to the voters.

Journalists were not allowed to use ‘Border Road’ to reach the booths near to the India-Bangladesh border at various locations like Bijaypur and Kulopara under Krishnaganj assembly constituency.

Since morning, Gayeshpur turned into a battle field as warring Trinamul Congress and BJP workers clashed each other at many areas leading to the injuries of one TMC worker and two BJP workers. BJP alleged that TMC sponsored goons’ hurled bombs to create panic among the voters and threatened them on dire consequences if they go to the polling booths for franchising their rights.

The Central paramilitary forces at many booth areas conducted raids to oust the suspicious persons and built confidence among the frightened voters who later turned up for casting their votes.

In Chakdaha, a group of alleged TMC men brandishing arms were roaming around 44 and 45 number booths when some BJP workers led by an Independent candidate chased them. While fleeing from the areas, a country made revolver fell down on the ground. As the incident happened in front police, they recovered the arms, but could not arrest anyone. Later, BJP candidate Bankim Ghosh lodged a complaint before the EC to arrest the culprit.

A TMC supporter was injured when BJP supporters allegedly opened fire in Santipur during polling. At Harinadi area in Santipur, TMC workers allegedly restrained the BJP voters from reaching the booths. Later, the voters in groups came out from their houses and reached the booths.

In Nadia, polling was held at Santipur, Ranaghat Uttar Paschim, Krishnaganj, Ranaghat Uttar Purbo, Ranaghat Dakshin, Chakdaha, Kalyani and Haringhata assembly constituencies. A total of 152 companies of Central forces were deployed in these eight assembly constituencies.

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