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1 killed, BJP candidate heckled as violence mars Bengal polls

IANS  |  Kolkata 

A was killed in West Bengal's district amid widespread violence in the sixth phase of polling on Sunday which saw the saffron party's candidate from and former IPS seek refuge inside a temple after being chased by Congress supporters.

Reports of violence, clashes between political workers and intimidation of voters multiplied as voting progressed in the eight Lok Sabha seats spread across five districts in which went to the polls on Sunday.

A BJP activist, identified as Ramen Singh (30) from Gopiballabpur in constituency's, sustained grievous head injury after being hit with an iron rod. He was rushed to a hospital where he was declared dead, the police said. The later accused that miscreants backed by the Congress were behind the crime.

In district's Ghatal, BJP candidate was forced to take shelter inside a temple beside the station after being heckled and chased by supporters, who accused her of instigating disturbance in the area.

(RAF) and the police had to resort to lathi charge to dispurse the crowd. She was later rescued and given shelter in the station.

The mob led by supporters got infuriated after one of her security guards allegedly opened fire, reportedly injuring a

Ghosh, a former IPS and once a trusted lieutenant of Minister Mamata Banerjee, was earlier stopped by the police from moving around in her vehicle without permission.

"I sought permission and it was given. Now, they are denying it. My car has been seized and it was a ploy to deter me from moving around the constituency," Ghosh said.

Later, bricks were pelted on her convoy near Keshpur, injuring one of her security guards as her car, along with some other vehicles belonging to the media, were vandalised.

Ghosh alleged that she was assaulted by the agitating Trinamool supporters.

Her security personnel claimed that they had to fire in the air in a bid to control the situation and to save their own lives. However, a was allegedly injured in the firing.

Earlier in the day, Ghosh was also stopped from entering a polling station by a group of women, said to be Trinamool workers, who accused her of influencing the voters.

However, Ghosh accused the ruling Trinamool Congress of organised violence and demanded that the offenders be immediately arrested.

"I am a candidate. I can always enter a polling booth. Those who are trying to stop me should be arrested. They (Trinamool) are resorting to organised violence against me," Ghosh said before leaving the spot.

Refuting her allegations, Trinamool said, "She was instigating violence in the area and was threatening our workers. She was trying to enter the booth with his agent who was an outsider. Usually, agents sitting in the booths are locals and an outsider is not allowed."

In another incident, bombs were allegedly hurled targeting her convoy in Jhetla area.

Incidents of sporadic violence were also reported from the Midnapore constituency where the is engaged in a high-profile battle with Trinamool Congress' member Manas Bhunia.

At least four Trinamool activists had to be hospitalised after being attacked with sharp weapons allegedly by the BJP supporters. The condition of one person was critical.

Meanwhile, a number of BJP supporters got injured in the constituency's Datan area following a clash with the Trinamool workers.



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First Published: Sun, May 12 2019. 17:08 IST