Kolkata, May 12 (GCCurrentAffairs) Sporadic violence marked the Sixth Phase polling in Bengal as Bharati Ghosh, former IPS officer, once a trusted lieutenant of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and BJP candidate from Ghatal Lok Sabha, was attacked by a group of people at a polling station this morning.
Ghosh was confronted by TMC’s women activists. After being heckled at polling booth she was seen crying.
Ghosh alleged that her agent was not allowed to enter booth.
“I am a candidate. I am being pushed. They should be arrested,” she said.
The TMC members said they won’t allow Ghosh’s agent to enter the booth as BJP members had beaten up their party workers.
Ms Ghosh told mediapersons that the TMC activists tried to confine her into one booth so that she couldn’t move. “They tried to injure me so that I get confined here,” Ms Ghosh said.
The incident took place in a booth in Medinipur.
Ghosh accused the EC for alleged inadequate deployment of Central forces as she faced a violent mob at Keshpur where her security forces fired several rounds in which one of the TMC activists received bullet injury.
The injured, Bhaktiar Khan, was taken to a hospital.
At Docahia under Ghatal Lok Sabha constituency Ghosh faced violent protest and stones were hurled forcing her security forces to allegedly open four rounds of fire.
Ghosh’s van was vandalised and window panes broken.
Ghosh was accused of taking video inside the polling booth at Pipurdar and the EC ordered the Returning Officer take action against Ghosh and the Presiding Officer.
Sporadic violence reported at Keshpur where police resorted to lathi charge on TMC activists when they attacked BJP candidate Bharati Ghosh.
Riot police chased TMC activists away. The TMC activists vandalised several cars, including that of Bharati Ghosh and some journo vehicles.
However, Bharati Ghosh’s car was seized and taken to Keshpur police station for not having valid papers.
Consequently, Bharati Ghosh was left immobile. She sat on a protest demonstration at a Kali temple at Keshpur after her car was seized by local police for allegedly not having valid papers.
At Bhagowanpur under Kanthi Lok Sabha constituency two BJP supporters were shot at.
At Danton under Medinipur Lok Sabha constituency, BJP state president Dilip Ghosh faced violent protest from people who raised ‘Go Back’ slogan to him. Mr Ghosh is the party candidate from this constituency.
Four TMC workers were also injured at Belda in West Midnapore district after BJP and TMC men were engaged in a clash.
The camp office of TMC was ransacked allegedly by BJP workers, while the condition of one of the four injured TMC workers was stated to be critical.
A BJP worker was found dead in tribal-dominated Jhargram. The party blamed the state’s ruling Trinamool Congress for the worker’s death.
However, the Trinamool Congress denied any link even as BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya alleged that Trinamool workers entered his home and killed him. Tension was running high in the area after the incident.
The state was witness to sporadic violence on polling days in the previous rounds of voting with workers of the Trinamool Congress and the BJP clashing in many parts of the state.