Poll violence continued in West Bengal on the day of re-polls

The poll violence in West Bengal continued on the day of panchayat re-polls also. On Wednesday panchayat re-polls took place at those 571 seats, where either excessive violence or heavy cheating was complained on Monday.

At several places the miscreants were spotted escaping with ballot boxes while waving guns. Clashes between parties from several places were also reported. Though the violence during re-polls on Wednesday was far lesser than Monday.

Meanwhile the body of a presiding officer of a polling booth in the panchayat election, who was missing since the polls on May 14 was found besides railway tracks in West Bengal’s North Dinajpur district, police said today.

The body of Raj Kumar Ray, 33, was found from Sonadangi area near the railway track here yesterday, they said. The cause of the death would be known only after the postmortem report was received, the police added.

Ray was a teacher in a Madrassa high school in the district and was the presiding officer of a booth at Itahar for Monday’s single phase panchayat poll. He went missing after the polling hours.

Yesterday from the BJP headquarters at Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi did scatching criticism of the poll violence in West Bengal. Prime Minister called the poll violence and rigging in West Bengal during the Panchayat elections as the ‘murder of the democracy’.

Prime Minister Modi said, “There is one more thing I want to talk about…the scenes from the Panchayat Elections in West Bengal. It was nothing but a murder of democracy. From the nomination stage to the day of polling, where was the spirit of democracy? People were bullied.”

The Prime Minister further said that the people were not allowed to file nominations in the elections. “People were disallowed to file nominations also. It is not only BJP people who suffered. People from all the leading parties except the one that rules Bengal suffered. This is serious. A land as great as West Bengal has to see such sights, it is unfortunate,” he added.

He further said, “It is not about who wins polls….all those who are democratic-minded, including friends in civil society, they must come together to strengthen the democratic spirit. We cannot see things only in partisan terms.”