Lok Sabha polls: Clashes erupt between TMC workers, security forces in Asansol; Babul Supriyo's car vandalised

WION Web Team
West Bengal, India Published: Apr 29, 2019, 12:28 PM(IST)

Voters at a polling booth in Asansol had refused to vote in the absence of security forces, media reports said. Photograph:( ANI )

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The Election Commission had made elaborate security arrangments ahead of the fourth phase in West Bengal deploying 580 companies of central forces.

Clashes erupted between Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers and security forces at polling booths in Asansol, West Bengal on Monday during the fourth phase of polling in the area.

BJP MP candidate from Asansol, Babul Supriyo's car was also vandalised outside the polling station.

Voters at a polling booth in Asansol had refused to vote in the absence of security forces, media reports said.

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WION reporter Pooja Mehta said that Babul Supriyo had information that the BJP polling agent was allegedly kicked out of a polling booth.

As soon as Supriyo reached the booth, he got into a war of words first with the TMC polling agent and then TMC supporters in the village. While leaving the village, TMC cadres reportedly began sloganeering "go back Babul". Just a few minutes later, Babul and his car was attacked.

"I am very aware that wherever I try to reach are the places where TMC is going to try to create some tension," the BJP candidate said, adding, "I'll deal with it the way it should be dealt."

There has been no comment yet from the Election Commissioner(EC) over the incident. There are eight seats going to the polls in West Bengal during the fourth phase apart from Asansol which include Baharampur, Krishnagar, Ranaghat (SC), Burdwan East (SC), Burdwan-Durgapur, Bolpur (SC) and Birbhum.

The Election Commission had made elaborate security arrangments ahead of the fourth phase in West Bengal deploying 580 companies of central forces. EC sources had told PTI that "special emphasis" would be given to Asansol.

During the second phase of polling, violence had occurred in Raiganj Parliamentary constituency with BJP candidate Debasree Chaudhuri alleging that TMC workers tried to capture a polling booth in the constituency.

In Chopra, security personnel had lobbed tear gas shells and resorted to baton charge on locals as they blocked NH-34 highway in protest after unknown miscreants allegedly prevented them from casting their votes at Digirpar polling booth.

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee's ruling TMC in the state is locked in a four-way battle with the Congress, Left Front and a resurgent BJP. An electorate of 1,34,56,491 will decide the fate of 68 candidates in these eight constituencies.

Despite incidents of violence, West Bengal has recorded consistently high voter turnout with the state recording 81 per cent turnout in the first phase and similarly high figures in the subsequent phases.

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