Stray incidents of violence took place as 79 per cent of voters exercised their franchise in the 43 Assembly seats spread across four districts during the sixth phase of polling in West Bengal on Thursday.
At least one person was injured in police firing in Bagda (SC) Assembly constituency in North 24 Parganas district. “Three rounds of firing took place in Bagda. One person was injured and another one’s injury is being verified,” Chief Electoral Officer Aariz Aftab said.
According to sources, a group of nearly 250 BJP supporters attacked sector office in Ranaghat and gheraoed policemen, following which a clash took place in which the police opened fire.
“A group of a political party supporters gheraoed policemen. The officer-in-charge and constable received sharp cut injuries. More forces were called and three rounds of firing took place in which one person who received bullet injury in his leg and was taken to hospital,” said Aftab.
ADG (Law and Order) Jag Mohan defended the firing, saying the policemen opened fire to save their lives. “To save themselves and to prevent damage of property, they had to open fire. Two persons — Budha Santra and Mrityunjay Santra — reportedly got injured. Budha Santra’s injury has been confirmed. He has received bullet injury,” said Jag Mohan.
TMC leaders alleged that two of their workers were injured in firing by central forces in Tangra in North 24 Paraganas.
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