Barring reports of sporadic violence mainly from Paschim Medinipore district, polling at eight Lok Sabha constituencies in West Bengal was peaceful as 37.97 per cent of 1,33,69,749 voters exercised their franchise in the first four hours of voting on Sunday.
Jhargram (ST) seat recorded the highest 41.87 per cent voter turnout till 11 am followed by 41.20 per cent in Tamluk, 39.41 per cent in Ghatal, 37.53 per cent in Kanthi, 37.50 per cent in Bishunupur (SC), 37.42 per cent in Medinipur, 35.78 per cent in Purulia and 33.07 per cent in Bankura, an election official said.
The eight constituencies are spread across five districts of the state.
"Polling is moslty peaceful except some incidents of disturbances from one or two places in Keshpur. We have sought reports from election officials who are posted there," a senior official of the state CEO's office told PTI.
There were reports of attack on BJP's Ghatal candidate, former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh, when she tried to enter a polling booth in Keshpur.
Following it, bombs were hurled at and stones were pelted towards her convoy when she tried to visit another booth in Keshpur after receiving complaints of rigging there.
One of her security gurards was injured and a vehicle of her convoy was damaged in the stone pelting following which the security officers restored to lathicharge.
The official said, "So far we have not received reports of any firing. We are looking into it. Our officials in the districts have been asked to send details of the incidents of attacks on Bharati Ghosh quickly."
The CEO also sought a report after Ghosh was seen videographying inside a polling booth at Pikurda in Keshpur.
Ghosh's vehicle was again blocked by locals when she tried to enter Keshpur market area. The state police posted in the area intervened and her vehicle was seized.
After the seizure, a large number of protestors gathered there and she took shelter inside a temple in Keshpur market area with her security officers guarding her.
The mob also pelted stones to the policemen who resorted to lathicharge to disperse them. Owners of shops in the market downed the shutters.
Ghosh was then taken to Keshpur police station to protect her from the wrath of the protestors.
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