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Around 38 pc votes in 4 hrs in WB, BJP candiate attacked

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Barring reports of sporadic violence mainly from district, polling at eight Lok Sabha constituencies in 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 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 of the state CEO's office told

There were reports of attack on BJP's Ghatal candidate, former IPS 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.

It was also alleged a Trinamool was injured in firing by the central force personnel who were with the BJP candidate who, however, denied the charge.

The 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 quickly."

The 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 posted in the area intervened and her vehicle was seized.

"Her vehicle has no valid pass to move through the area on the polling day. We cannot allow her to move around like this. This is a matter of security," the said.

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 station to protect her from the wrath of the protestors.

BJPs also faced protests from locals when he tried to visit a polling booth in his constituency, Midnapore.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, May 12 2019. 13:20 IST