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CRPF harassing voters in Bengal at Amit Shah's behest: Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday alleged that the CRPF personnel are harassing voters in the state at the behest of Union Home Minister Amit Shah

West Bengal Assembly polls | Mamata Banerjee

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Mamata Banerjee
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee | Photo: ANI

West Bengal Chief Minister

and Trinamool Congress supremo on Wednesday alleged that the CRPF personnel are harassing voters in the state at the behest of Union Home Minister

Addressing a rally here in Cooch Behar district, she accused personnel of the central force of molesting women and beating people during the ongoing assembly elections.

"They are obstructing electors to cast their votes. Union Home Minister has instructed them to do so," Banerjee alleged.

She claimed at least 10 people have been killed in the state during the ongoing polls.

"The Election Commission is running the administration. Please see that nobody is killed during the polling process. I request you to monitor CRPF personnel who are on duty now in the state. They should not be allowed to harass women. There are cases of girls being molested by the central force employees," she said.

Five candidates, including two women, were assaulted, while clashes between rival political groups erupted during the third phase of polling in the state on Tuesday.

Television grabs showed TMC nominee in Arambagh Sujata Mondal being chased in an open field by people wielding sticks and iron rods and then hitting her on the head with sticks. Her security officer was also injured.

Other candidates who were allegedly attacked or heckled during the day were Papiya Adhikary and Swapan Dasgupta of the BJP and Dr Nirmal Maji and Najmul Karim of the TMC.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Wed, April 07 2021. 14:33 IST