In a bid to hamper the peaceful election process, Trinamool Congress workers were attacked at various places allegedly by CPI(M) and Congress supporters during the second phase of elections on Sunday.
This comes at the time when the Opposition had been raising allegations of creating violence against Trinamool Congress workers.
Since Saturday night Trinamool Congress workers were threatened, beaten up and harassed and not allowed to cast their votes. Such incidents took place mainly in North Bengal. There were also allegations against the CPI(M) workers of threatening Trinamool Congress workers with dire consequences if they move out of their house on Sunday to cast their votes.
The former block president of Trinamool Congress from Harirampur, Tajimul Haque was attacked when he was returning from Itahar. The incident took place near Harirampur Mahendra in South Dinajpur.
Some CPI(M) workers gheraoed and threatened him not to cast his vote. The situation turned worse when Haque refused to follow their order. They beat him up with logs and iron rods. Later, some local people heard him writhing in pain and informed the other Trinamool congress workers and leaders in the area. They took him to Harirampur Rural Hospital where he was admitted with severe injuries.
Similar incidents took place at Englishbazar in Malda where allegations were raised against CPI(M) and Congress supporters of threatening people not to go to cast their votes. A Trinamool Congress worker was beaten up on Sunday morning when he protested against CPI(M)’s attempt of booth jamming. He received severe injuries on his right leg and was admitted to a hospital. There were also allegations of disturbances in booth number 95, 96, 19 and 20 at Englishbazar.
Trinamool Congress workers and leaders from Manickchak also alleged that CPI(M) workers had stocked bombs to create violence during the election on Sunday. Trinamool Congress supporters approached the election officials in this regard and necessary steps were taken.
In Birbhum’s Sainthia, Trinamool Congress workers Masooda Bibi and Sheikh Alekh were beaten up mercilessly following an altercation when they were restricted form casting their votes. They had protested when CPI(M) and Congress workers threatened them. Their houses were also damaged.