10 Points: Violence, ballot box burning mar West Bengal Panchayat elections

New Delhi, May 14: Violence has been reported in Bhangar. As the day progresses, the news of violent activities and disruptions are pouring in. Here are the 10 developments of the unfolding story so far:

1. A media vehicle has been torched in and a camera has also been broken. Media is not allowed to enter the area.

2. Many stories of rampant violence are doing the rounds from various parts of West Bengal where the Panchayat Elections are in progress.


3.Some videos have surfaced where allegedly some TMC workers are seen threatening voters.

4. BJP, TMC are accusing each other as violence breaks out. 20 injured in a clash which broke out between two groups in Cooch Behar .

5. The injured have been taken to MJN hospital for treatment. Locals say, 'We went there to vote but people belonging to TMC attacked us with sticks'.

6. Violence was reported from various parts of West Bengal, as the polling for the single phase panchayat elections is underway today. Within less than two hours after the polling began, the State Election Commission has received complains of violence from at least four districts from different parts the state and has asked the police to take action, SEC officials said. The SEC is conducting the panchayat election.

7. Violence broke out in North 24 Parganas, Burdwan, Coochbehar and South 24 Parganas districts. In North 24 Parganas, the BJP accused the ruling Trinamool Congress of letting loose a reign of terror in several parts of the district, especially in Amdanga area.

8. A few people were injured when clashes broke out between two groups, SEC sources said. Senior minister Jyotipriyo Mullick denied the involvement of the TMC in the incident and accused BJP of terrorising the voters.

9. In Dinhata area of Coochbehar district in North Bengal, a few voters were injured after clashes broke out between two groups outside a polling station, the sources said.

10. The voters lodged a police complaint. Violence was reported in Burdwan districts too. The opposition CPI(M) and BJP had accused the TMC of terrorising voters and hurling bombs outside polling stations. The TMC has termed the allegations as baseless.

After a protracted legal battle in the Kolkata High Court and the Supreme Court involving the Sec, the TMC and the opposition parties, the three-tier panchayat polls in is being held in the state. 

News24Bureau with Agencis