Widespread violence on the day of Panchayat election results across West Bengal

Amidst the ongoing counting of West Bengal panchayat election votes, several reports of clashes, violence and booth capturing are coming out from various parts of the state. At Majhdia of Nadia district some miscreants allegedly belonging to the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC), captured a counting booth and added fake votes in the ballot box.

The CPIM has alleged that they were initially leading before the booth was captured. In another incident at North 24 Pargana, some TMC workers have been accused of escaping with ballot box when BJP candidate seemed to be winning.

Agents of the Congress and CPIM were allegedly barred from entering North Dinajpur’s Chopra collage counting booth. Opposition parties including BJP have accused that some miscreants supported by the TMC fired bullets outside of the booth.

Meanwhile at Panskura of East Medinipur, TMC workers have been accused of physically assaulting and forcing BJP agent out from the counting booth. Similar allegations of clashes inside the counting booths were reported from across the state.

At Baruipur of South 24 Pargana, workers of TMC were caught trying to forcefully trespass into a counting booth. At Kashipur of Purulia district, TMC workers allegedly stabbed local ward president of the Congress party. The victim has been admitted to hospital in critical condition.
At Mallarpur of Birbhum district, a clash between TMC and BJP workers erupted after both the parties allegedly hurled slogans against each other.

However TMC has rubbished all allegations made against them. Lashing out at the TMC, West Bengal BJP Bhattacharya said that it is “not a political party but a violent gang.”

Meanwhile Presiding officer Rajkumar Roy who had went missing from his booth during the polls on Monday was found dead near railway tracks on Tuesday.

It is still not clear whether the death was accident, suicide or homicide. Starting from nomination filings to vote counting, there has hardly been any phase of the West Bengal Panchayat election process that was devoid of violence.

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