Sporadic violence marred the fifth and final phase of polls in West Bengal Monday. There were reports of firing at several places in North and South 24 Parganas.
In all, 17 constituencies in five districts decided the fate of 188 candidates in today’s polls.
In Haroa in North 24 Parganas under Barasat Lok Sabha constituency over a dozen CPM and Congress supporters were injured, some of them critically, in a clash early Monday morning when around 200 people, ousted earlier from their homes, returned and were going to Brahmanchak polling station to vote. They were intercepted by TMC supporters and assaulted.
“TMC supporters asked them to return and said they need not vote. When they refused , the TMC men allegedly opened fire and about 18 of CPM supporters were injured. Eight of the injured were admitted to Barasat hospital and the rest have been discharged after first aid,” said opposition leader of the zilla parishad, Imtiaz Hossain. He accused TMC MLA from Minakha, Usha Rani Mondal, and her husband Manoranjan Mondal of masterminding the attack.
Later, Special Observer Sudhir Kumar Rakesh rushed to the area and inquired into the incident. EC later ordered repolling in 11 booths and directed the police to file an FIR against the Mondal couple.
Dr Dilip Patra, in-charge at Haroa Block Primary Health Centre said 12 persons had been brought there in the morning who had been given first aid and had been referred to Barasat Hospital.
Usha Mondal however, brushed aside all allegations. “The CPM brought outsiders to cast false vote. When our boys resisted a clash followed and members of both parties were injured. Five of our boys have also been injured,” she said.
In another incident in Tiljola in south Calcutta at least three people were injured when supporters of Congress and TMC clashed over the setting up of a camp office at the area. One person has been arrested so far.
In Kolkata’s Burrabazaar area former Deputy Mayor of Kolkata, Meena Devi Purohit (BJP) had a narrow escape when a bomb hurled at her by miscreants missed her by a whisker.
In Salt Lake, BJP candidate from Barasat P C Sorcar was gheraoed by TMC supporters at 19th ward at St Francis Xavier School forcing him to leave the place in a huff.