West Bengal election 2016: Day after polls, clashes continue

At Chandrakona on the same district, two Trinamool workers were allegedly injured in an explosion.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: April 13, 2016 12:26 am
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A DAY after the second part of the first phase of polls saw sporadic incidents of violence in West Medinipur, Bankura and Birbhum, more clashes were reported on Tuesday.

At Dantan area in West Medinipur, four CPM women supporters were allegedly attacked by Trinamool Congress cadres, injuring one seriously. Late Monday, houses of some CPM supporters at Dantan were also reportedly attacked by Trinamool workers. The district Trinamool leadership has denied any involvement in the incidents.

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At Chandrakona on the same district, two Trinamool workers were allegedly injured in an explosion. The police, however, claimed the incident took place when some firecrackers accidentally went off.

Fresh instances of violence were reported from Sattor area of Jamuria in Burdwan district on Tuesday. Sources said Trinamool workers attacked CPM supporters, following which they were forced to leave the village. The residence of CPM polling agent Shyamapada Bauri was reportedly ransacked as police personnel allegedly stood nearby as mute spectators.

In another incident of violence at Pandaveswar in Burdwan, four CPM supporters were injured in an alleged clash with ruling party supporters. CPM district leadership claimed the house of a party supporter, Basudeb Ghosh, was set ablaze and two more supporters — Amar Ruidas and Duryadhan Bagdhi — sustained injuries.

Two CPM polling agents — Kalicharan Ruidas and Jayanta Ruidas — hailing from Madhaipur, were allegedly beaten up by Trinamool workers.

“I was the CPM polling agent at a booth in Pandaveswar on Monday. After dusk, we were threatened by Trinamool workers… At night, over 100 of them attacked my house and hurled several bombs,” he said, adding that police took no action against the ruling party supporters.