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Bengal records over 79 pc voter turnout till 1745 hrs

Kolkata: Barring reports of stray violence, the fifth phase of polling in West Bengal recorded a high turnout of more than 79 per cent till 1745 hours.

The security personnel maintained a tight vigil and addressed a few incidents that were reported, an election official here said.

The Election Commission (EC) has sought report after locals alleged that central forces opened fire in Deganga constituency of South 24 Parganas district.

However, a central force officer said ,”Everything is fine here. Polling is undergoing very peacefully. There was no incident of firing anywhere in Deganga.”

Convoy of Raju Banerjee, BJP candidate from Kamarhati in North 24 Parganas, was attacked.”Bomb and stones have been thrown at me. I have lodged a complaint with Election Commission,” he said.

BJP candidate from Bidhan Nagar assembly constituency, Sabyasachi Dutta alleged, “TMC goons stopped me here at Nayapatti. They are also stopping the voters even as polling is underway.”

In Siliguri, a scuffle broke out between TMC and CPI (M) supporters outside a polling booth.

In Santipur in the Nadia district, the TMC alleged that personnel of the central forces were asking voters to go back, a charge rubbished by the authorities.

In Bijpur in North 24 Parganas, TMC and BJP supporters clashed after the opposition party alleged that voters were being prevented from going to the booths.

A BJP polling agent at Kamarhati assembly booth in North 24 Parganas district died of cardiac arrest in the first hours of the polling.

The Election Commission has sought report over death of a BJP polling agent, identified as Abhijit Samanta, at booth number 107 in Kamarhati assembly constituency in North 24 Pathanas, and a clash broke out between the TMC and BJP supporters at at Shantinagar under Bidhanagar assembly segment,Salt Lake.

A clash broke out between Trinamool and BJP supporters at Bidhanagar where rival groups pelted stones.

Several women were injured in the attack at Santinagar in Bidhanagar. BJP candidate Sabyasachi Dutta has reached the spot.

Stones and bricks were hurled in between the TMC and BJP activists at Shantinagar under Bidhangar where the rival parties blamed each other for obstructing voters to go to the booths.

Trinamool Congress candidate and state fire minister Sujit Bose alleged that he was stopped from entering a booth at Kalindi

“Two of our people were injured in stone-pelting by BJP supporters at booth numbers 265 & 272. We have informed the election observer and police. The situation is normal now,’ Mr Bose said.

BJP candidate Sabyasachi Dutta alleged the TMC goons were creating problem before the combat force arrived to restore the situation.

“Nobody helped him, there is no facility for treatment here,” the victim’s brother alleged as the corps was on a table at the booth for quite some time before any help came for shifting to nearby hospital.

A BJP leader at Kalyani claimed that his house was attacked with bombs.

In South Burdwan a polling agent of BJP was assaulted.

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