Incidents of violence were reported from several places in West Bengal today during the second phase of Lok Sabha elections. The car of Communist Party of India (Marxist) sitting MP and its candidate in Raiganj, Md Salim, was attacked in Islampur, North Dinajpur district. Salim is also a member of the CPM’s politburo.
Salim managed to escape and took shelter in the polling station, while his driver managed to escape with the car. “I got to know of rigging inside this booth. After I reached the polling station, some people attacked my car.Though I am unhurt, the vehicle has been damaged. I believe the ruling TMC is behind the incident,” he added.
Security personnel fired tear gas shells and baton charged agitators, who accused workers of the ruling Trinamool Congress of obstructing them from casting their vote, at Chopra under Darjeeling constituency. Agitators, who were blocking National Highway 31, also hurled crude bombs at the personnel of the local police and Rapid Action Force, officials said.
Meanwhile, Body of Sishupal Sahish (28) was found hanging from a tree near his house at Senabona village in West Bengal’s Purulia district this morning. This is the third such incident in a year. Earlier two BJP supporters were found dead in the same district.