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Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Mob throws EVM, VVPAT machine in pond in West Bengal's South Paraganas | VIDEO

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Polling is underway in the seventh and last phase of Lok Sabha elections to nine seats in West Bengal amid tight security arrangements.

Edited By: Arushi Jaiswal @JaiswalArushi Kolkata Updated on: June 01, 2024 10:00 IST
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Image Source : PTI EVM reportedly thrown in water in West Bengal

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Amid the last phase of Lok Sabha elections, EVM and VVPAT machine were thrown in the pond by a mob at booth number 40 and 41 in Kultai,  South 24 Parganas of West Bengal on Saturday morning. 

EVMs looted by local mob

Giving information on the same, the Chief Electoral Office, West Bengal said that FIR has been lodged by Sector Officer and necessary action has been initiated.

In an X post, CEO West Bengal said, "Today morning at 6.40 am Reserve EVMs and papers of Sector Officer near Benimadhavpur FP school, at 129-Kultali AC of 19-Jaynagar (SC) PC has been looted by local mob and 1 CU, 1 BU , 2VVPAT machines have been thrown inside a pond." 

CEO further said that the poll process in all six booths under the sector is running uninterrupted. "Fresh EVM and papers have been provided to the Sector Officer," added.

Polling in 9 Lok Sabha seats in Bengal underway

Polling in the seventh and final phase of Lok Sabha elections for nine seats in West Bengal is underway on Saturday, amidst stringent security measures. Voting in constituencies including Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Jaynagar, Mathurapur, Diamond Harbour, Jadavpur, Kolkata Dakshin, and Kolkata Uttar will continue until 6 pm. 

A total of 1.63 crore voters, including 83.19 lakh men, 80.20 lakh women and 538 persons of the third gender, are eligible to exercise their franchise at 17,470 polling stations.

The ECI has deployed 967 companies of central forces along with over 33,000 state policemen for the final phase, the official said, adding that 246 companies of central forces along with 11,000 state policemen will be deployed in Kolkata.

A total of 384 companies of central forces will be deployed in South 24 Parganas district, while 116 companies will be on duty in Basirhat.

Also Read: Lok Sabha Elections 2024 Phase 7 LIVE: Ravi Kishan, Kangana Ranaut cast vote in last leg of polling battle

Also Read:Election Commission to retain 400 companies of central forces in West Bengal till June 6

 

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