TMC workers assaulted, intimidated on polling day
The fifth phase election on Saturday was marred by attacks on Trinamool Congress workers at different parts of the three districts.
Since morning senior leaders of both South 24-Parganas and Hooghly had been repeatedly approaching the senior district officials stating that their workers were being attacked for protesting against threatening people from casting their own votes.
Trinamool Congress candidates were even found moving from one booth to another in their respected areas after receiving reports on attack on their workers.
Central Force jawans led by either officers of the state police or Kolkata Police reached to the spots after being informed but by that time many Trinamool Congress workers were left injured.
In some places people had tried to build up protests against such attacks on Trinamool Congress workers. But it was not quite possible as the security personnel didn’t allow people to assemble at one place stating that section 144 of the CrPC was promulgated.
Three Trinamool Congress workers were shot at allegedly by some CPI(M) workers at Nabagram near Baruipur in South 24-Parganas. The victims – Ahamdulla Molla, Salam Mollah and Abdul Ahmed Mollah - received bullet injuries and they were admitted to the hospital.
It is learnt that they were attacked when two of them were sitting in a camp office of Trinamool Congress and the third person was standing in the area. The CPI(M) workers rushed to the area and started beating them up. They opened fire while fleeing.
Central Force jawans and police went to the spot to find three of them lying in a pool of blood. The security personnel brought the situation under control and took them to the Baruipur Sub-divisional hospital. Police picket has been posted to avoid deterioration of the law and order situation. Six persons were arrested in this connection.
At Khanakul in Hooghly, which was once known as red bastion and torture by CPI(M) was a regular incident, Trinamool Congress workers were found being chased by miscreants backed by CPI(M) with guns in their hands.
They chased the Trinamool Congress workers as the latter had protested against the CPI(M)’s machinery to threaten the electorates. The incident took place near booth number 36 at Ghoshpur in Khanakul.
Voters were found fleeing from the polling booth finding the miscreants moving around with guns and revolvers. Receiving the information, a huge contingent of the security personnel were pressed at the spot and the situation was brought under control.
The Election Commission sought report in connection with all such incidents.
A Trinamool Congress worker was also being attacked at Metiabruz when he had raised his voice finding some Congress workers gathered at a spot. The situation was later brought under control by Central Force jawans.