Hindus not allowed to vote in Muslim dominated areas of Raiganj

Many Hindus alleged that they were not allowed to vote in the Muslim dominated areas of the Raiganj Lok Sabha constituency in West Bengal. The Hindu residents of a Muslim dominated area known as Moddhophulbari in were told of an emergence of a divide between the two communities.

The resident then shockingly claimed that they were not able to cast their vote as they are Hindus and also expressed fear over the situation. A resident claimed that he was beaten up by goons patrolling the polling booths in an attempt to prevent him from voting.

The village in question is Muslim dominated where around 600 Hindus also reside. It was learned that when some of the Hindus went to cast their vote in the morning, they were informed by the poll officials that their votes had already been cast.

Voters alleged that they had not been allowed to cast their votes because of the profiling. It was reported that the Muslim-dominated village has a leaning towards one particular political party, in this case, the Trinamool Congress as alleged by the voters.

Many voters complained that their vote has already been registered despite him not having cast it.  When quizzed over this alleged proxy voting, the identifying officer became evasive over whether he checked the identification of the individual who voted instead of the aggrieved voter. Incidentally the only party agent present in the booth was from the TMC.

Eyewitness accounts, voters belonging to the Hindu religion were stopped from casting their votes by some Muslim men and their voter identity cards were also taken away.

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