BJP MP Locket Chatterjee’s automobile – and people belonging to the press – have been allegedly attacked by a mob of offended locals at polling sales space No 66 in Bengal’s Hooghly district on Saturday morning, the place voting for the fourth phase of what has been a volatile and tense Assembly election started at 7 am.
In visuals shared by information company ANI, a black sedan – believed to be Ms Chatterjee’s automobile – is seen pinned down by a sea of livid women and men – a lot of whom are with out masks, and confirmed no regard for social distancing – shouting in Bengali and pointing fingers on the automobile’s occupants.
The 60-second clip confirmed dozens of individuals clashing with police and safety personnel, a few of whom had riot shields and have been desperately attempting to push folks apart to clear a path for her automobile.
— ANI (@ANI) April 10, 2021
“They’ve broken my car… am at booth No 66. They grabbed my jacket and attacked my car… I’ve also been hurt by pieces of glass. Then they media persons to get out of their cars and beat them,” Ms Chatterjee advised an election official through a cellphone name.
“A lot of our (BJP) workers are still there… Please send CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) there immediately… some media persons are also still stuck,” she added.
#WATCH West Bengal: BJP chief Locket Chatterjee speaks to an Election Commission official over cellphone, says that she was attacked by locals at polling sales space no.66 in Hooghly. She additionally says that journalists have been attacked too and calls for that further forces be despatched right here. pic.twitter.com/rrgGpFxfHT
— ANI (@ANI) April 10, 2021
Ms Chatterjee is the Lok Sabha consultant from Hooghly, which was as soon as a Trinamool stronghold earlier than the BJP muscled in.
She is, nevertheless, now standing because the MLA candidate for this election.
In different visuals additionally shared by ANI, taxis employed by media shops have been proven parked by the facet of a highway with shattered windshields and home windows.
Meanwhile, in Cooch Behar district, the place too polling is ongoing, the place BJP and Trinamool staff clashed, five people have been shot dead after central forces allegedly opened fire.
Voting for the fourth section of the Bengal election – which has seen the ruling Trinamool and the opposition BJP – wage a crass marketing campaign – started this morning with Ms Chatterjee, Union Minister Babul Supriyo and state ministers Partha Chatterjee and Arup Biswas amongst these contesting.
Wary of violence the Election Commission has posted round 80,000 personnel from the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) to protect the practically 16,000 polling stations in use.
Each of the three earlier phases, and the build-up to the polls as an entire, has seen some measure of violence, and allegations of both one occasion sponsoring or engineering assaults on the opposite.
On April 6, whereas voting was on for the third section, Trinamool leader Sujata Mondol claimed to have been chased by a lathi-wielding mob whereas visiting a polling sales space in Arambagh. She was reportedly hit on the pinnacle, and accused the BJP of making chaos and threatening voters.
Apart from the violence, the election has additionally been marred by claims of sales space capturing and vote-tampering; throughout the third section an election official was suspended after leaving an EVM (electronic voter machine) overnight on the house of a relative – a Trinamool chief.
Bengal election outcomes will likely be declared on May 2, with the outcomes of 4 different Assembly polls – Kerala, Assam, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry – to be introduced on the identical day.
With enter from ANI