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Violence rocks Bengal's panchayat polls, 12 dead amidst allegations of strong-arm tactics

West Bengal Panchayat Election HIGHLIGHTS: Violence rocked Bengal's rural polls as voting ended on Saturday leaving 12 people dead, ballot boxes vandalized and bombs thrown at rivals in a number of villages.

Edited By : Hritika Mitra, Bhagya Luxmi
Kolkata
Updated on: July 08, 2023 23:59 IST
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West Bengal Panchayat Election HIGHLIGHTS: At least 12 people lost their lives in election-related violence in West Bengal during voting on Saturday for the three-tier panchayat polls in the state. And a total of 30 people were killed due to poll-related violence in the state in a month following the announcement of the elections. In the violence, 12 people, including eight from the ruling TMC and one worker each of the BJP, CPI(M), Congress and ISF, died since midnight in the crucial three-tier panchayat polls, officials said. Following the violent incidents in different parts of the state, all parties leveled allegations against each other for the violence that claimed the lives of 12 people. Taking cognisance of the matter, BJP called for President’s Rule in the state. Meanwhile, the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC), accused the Centre of orchestrating violence and criticised it for its failure to protect the voters.

 

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  • 9:39 PM (IST) Posted by Bhagya Luxmi

    Over 12 people killed in violence

    Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday said over 12 people have lost their lives so far in the violence that broke out in several areas in West Bengal on panchayat poll day. "Violence has broken out in full swing in the Bengal gram panchayat elections being held today. More than 12 people have died so far and a large number of them have been injured," BJP MP Prasad said.

    (with inputs from ANI)

  • 9:36 PM (IST) Posted by Bhagya Luxmi

    There were no CCTV cameras at the booths: Agnimitra Paul on violence during West Bengal Panchayat Election

  • 9:18 PM (IST) Posted by Bhagya Luxmi

    LoP Suvendu Adhikari barred from entering state election commissioner's office | VIDEO

  • 8:58 PM (IST) Posted by Bhagya Luxmi

    Miscreants set Police vehicle on fire in Murshidabad

  • 8:57 PM (IST) Posted by Bhagya Luxmi

    There should be an NIA probe into this: Suvendu Adhikari

    "Lot of arms and ammunition have come to Bengal...most of the deaths were due to bullet injuries, who has sent these weapons here and who funded it, so there should be an NIA probe into this...many poor people died in the violence, what was Police doing?...this must be probed by CBI...": Suvendu Adhikari, West Bengal LoP on violence. 

  • 8:38 PM (IST) Posted by Bhagya Luxmi

    Section 144 should be imposed in the violence-affected areas: Suvendu Adhikari

    Section 144 should be imposed in the violence-affected areas and CAPF should be deployed on all the booths. Today we are wearing black bands as it is Black Day for democracy. We demand CBI, and NIA  probe after today's incident. I will ask the State election commissioner to direct CM Mamata Banerjee to compensate Rs 50 lakh to the deceased. The total death toll after today's violence is 19: West Bengal LoP Suvendu Adhikari

  • 8:37 PM (IST) Posted by Bhagya Luxmi

    'Democracy has been wiped off', says Suvendu Adhikari on West Bengal Panchayat Polls violence

    Kolkata: "Democracy has been wiped off...we demanded the examination of CCTV visuals and repolling in areas where there was violence and CCTV was not working...": Suvendu Adhikari, West Bengal LoP after visiting state election commission office.

  • 8:31 PM (IST) Posted by Bhagya Luxmi

    West Bengal LoP Suvendu Adhikari arrives at State Election Commission office in Kolkata.

  • 7:55 PM (IST) Posted by Bhagya Luxmi

    TMC accuses Oppn of orchestrating violence; confident of panchayat poll win

    The ruling TMC on Saturday accused the Opposition of orchestrating violence during the panchayat polls in West Bengal, while asserting that the party will emerge victorious in a majority of the seats when the votes are counted on July 11. Dismissing allegations of the state administration letting loose a reign of terror, state minister Bratya Basu claimed that it is the Trinamool Congress which has been at the "receiving end of the violence perpetuated by the opposition".

  • 7:54 PM (IST) Posted by Bhagya Luxmi

    CPI(M) accuses SEC of enacting a farce in the name of panchayat elections

    The CPI(M) accused the State Election Commission of enacting a farce in the name of holding panchayat elections in West Bengal on Saturday. The CPI(M) also blamed the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) for the 12 deaths on the polling day. Alleging that loot took place during the polling, CPI(M) central committee member Sujan Chakraborty said that it, however, did not succeed in all places as it is 2023 and not 2018 when the rural polls was a one-sided affair for the ruling party.

  • 7:54 PM (IST) Posted by Bhagya Luxmi

    Bengal panchayat polls: Adhir ‘congratulates’ Mamata for winning violent election

    West Bengal Pradesh Congress president Adhir Chowdhury on Saturday "congratulated" Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee for winning the just-concluded violent rural polls. Addressing a press conference in Berhampore in Murshidabad district, Chowdhury termed the polls "peculiar". "Congrats Didi, you have won the panchayat elections," he said. "'Aapni jite gechen' (you have won)," he said, adding sarcastically that Banerjee’s injured leg will be fine on the counting day on July 11 and she will come out of her home and thank people for making her victorious in the polls.

  • 7:53 PM (IST) Posted by Bhagya Luxmi

    TMC considers 'murders' its guarantee to power: BJP on panchayat poll violence in Bengal

    The BJP lashed out at the TMC government in West Bengal over the violence in Panchayat polls on Saturday, saying it considers "murders" as its guarantee to power and that the state's "bomb culture" is shaming India and its democracy the world over. Hitting out at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Union minister Anurag Thakur said she cannot preside over an election in the state "without killings and chaos". "How low will she stoop to establish her party's dominance in the panchayat polls," he asked.

  • 7:51 PM (IST) Posted by Bhagya Luxmi

    'Many people have died during the panchayat polls voting,' says West Bengal BJP leader Agnimitra Paul

    "Many people have died during the panchayat polls voting. CM Mamata Banerjee and state election commissioner reduced the panchayat elections to a joke," said West Bengal BJP leader Agnimitra Paul.

  • 7:46 PM (IST) Posted by Bhagya Luxmi

    West Bengal panchayat elections: People pour water on ballot boxes in Sindrani

  • 7:35 PM (IST) Posted by Bhagya Luxmi

    West Bengal violence: Union Minister questions 'silence' of Rahul Gandhi, other Oppn leaders

    Union Minister Anurag Thakur on Saturday questioned the "silence" of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and other opposition leaders over the “murder of democracy” in West Bengal after violence marred panchayat elections in the state. “The declaration of panchayat polls in West Bengal is akin to the start of murder of democracy. Beating up people, bomb blasts, and setting things afire become common occurrences,” said Thakur, a senior BJP leader.

  • 5:34 PM (IST) Posted by Bhagya Luxmi

    Police official on alleged blast at Phul Malancha bolling both in South 24 Parganas

    West Bengal: "One person is suspected to be dead and yet to be declared by the doctors. The bomb hit the victim's head...," said Dibakar Das, Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) on the alleged blast at Phul Malancha bolling both in South 24 Parganas

  • 4:18 PM (IST) Posted by Bhagya Luxmi

    West Bengal LoP Suvendu Adhikari on West Bengal Panchayat elections violence

    "...The governor made the biggest mistake by appointing Rajiva Sinja...It is 3 pm & over 15 people have died, they were killed by TMC goons...Centre should intervene with either Article 355 or 356...we want action from custodian of constitution..." said West Bengal LoP & BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari on West Bengal Panchayat elections violence.

     

  • 4:17 PM (IST) Posted by Bhagya Luxmi

    Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary on Panchayat poll violence

    "The ruling party's incoherence with the police administrations...has unleashed a rain of terror in an unprecedented way, which has taken a toll on 26 people and hundreds of people are fatally injured have been admitted to the hospital already. The political and electoral environment in Bengal has been of violence...It is a travesty of panchayat elections and virtually it is an example of electoral depredations...," said West Bengal Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary on Panchayat poll violence

  • 4:14 PM (IST) Posted by Bhagya Luxmi

    WB panchayat polls: Polling agent killed in attack, claims BJP candidate

    A booth agent of an independent candidate and a polling agent of a BJP were allegedly killed in two separate violence-related incidents during voting for single-phase panchayat elections in West Bengal on Saturday. The booth agent of an independent candidate was allegedly killed in Piragachha of North 24 Parganas district as per reports. 

    (with inputs from ANI)

  • 2:30 PM (IST) Posted by Hritika Mitra

    Residents of Dhamsa in Hooghly throw two ballot boxes in a pond

    Residents of Dhamsa in Hooghly throw two ballot boxes in a pond allegedly after scuffle between TMC and BJP workers at a polling booth. The residents allege that Central forces were not deployed at the centre.

  • 1:46 PM (IST) Posted by Hritika Mitra

    Workers of West Bengal BJP protest outside the State Election Commission office in Kolkata

    Amid incidents of violence during voting for the Panchayat election across the state, workers of West Bengal BJP protest outside the State Election Commission office in Kolkata.

     

  • 1:19 PM (IST) Posted by Hritika Mitra

    Women voters gather in Bardhaman's 'pink booths'

    Women voters gather in Bardhaman's  'pink booths'

  • 1:11 PM (IST) Posted by Hritika Mitra

    Around 22.6% turnout till 11 am

    Around 22.60 percent turnout has been observed till 11 am in the West Bengal Panchayat elections.

    Reported by Manish Bhattacharya

  • 12:52 PM (IST) Posted by Hritika Mitra

    Voting suspended Dinhata

    Voting was suspended at Indreshwar primary school in Dinhata after water was thrown into the ballot box.

  • 12:46 PM (IST) Posted by Hritika Mitra

    Man elopes with ballot box in Cooch Behar

    An unidentified man ran with a ballot box in Cooch Behar district of West Bengal. READ MORE 

  • 12:44 PM (IST) Posted by Hritika Mitra

    Ballot box set allegedly on fire in Cooch Behar

    A Ballot box at a polling booth in Baranachina of Dinhata in Cooch Behar district was set on fire allegedly by voters who were angry with bogus voting that was reportedly going on.

  • 12:35 PM (IST) Posted by Hritika Mitra

    West Bengal LoP and BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari cast vote in Nandigram

    West Bengal LoP and BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari cast his vote for the panchayat election at a polling booth in Nandigarm.

  • 12:19 PM (IST) Posted by Hritika Mitra

    CPI-M worker shot dead in Burdwan

    Aushgram in East Burdwan was heated by political heat even before the panchayat polling started. Several people from both sides were injured in the Trinamool-CPM clash there on Friday.  CPM worker Rajibul Haque (32) was seriously injured.  He died on Saturday morning at NRS Hospital in Kolkata.  Rajibul was injured in the Trinamool CPM clash at Booth No. 7 of Bishnupur Primary School of Block No. 2 Aushgram on Friday.  First he was admitted to Burdwan Medical College Hospital.  He was shifted to NRS late at night as his condition worsened.  He died there.

  • 12:03 PM (IST) Posted by Hritika Mitra

    'TMC hooliganism... openly looting ballots': BJP's Sukanta Majumdar

    BJP state chief Sukanta Majumdar alleged that 'TMC hoologanism crossed all limits' and that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee along with the Chief Electoral Officer of the state were "responsible" for murders.

  • 11:50 AM (IST) Posted by Hritika Mitra

    TMC workers allegedly destroy polling booth, restrain locals from voting in Barasat

    TMC workers allegedly destroyed the polling booth and restrained the locals from voting at Barasat's Jhikra FP School polling booth. The miscreants also reportedly stole ballot boxes.

  • 11:48 AM (IST) Posted by Hritika Mitra

    Clashes erupt between TMC, Congress workers in Domkal

    TMC and Congress workers over jumping of queues by some voters at Booth No. 23 in Kolabedia area of Domkal. 

     

  • 10:57 AM (IST) Posted by Hritika Mitra

    TMC goons hurled a bomb at my agent and killed him: BJP candidate

    "A TMC goons hurled a bomb at my agent and killed him," said a BJP candidate. 

  • 9:26 AM (IST) Posted by Nitin Kumar

    Political clashes continue in the state

  • 9:04 AM (IST) Posted by Hritika Mitra

    'Why have the central forces failed to protect the citizens?', asks West Bengal minister Shashi Panja

    "Shocking and tragic incidents have unfolded the night before which has just started this morning in the Panchayat elections in West Bengal,"  said Bengal minister Shashi Panja. 

  • 8:31 AM (IST) Posted by Hritika Mitra

    Three party of our party workers dead, two injured: TMC

    Three of our party workers have been murdered in Rejinagar, Tufanganj and Khargram and two have been left wounded from gunshots in Domkol. West Bengal BJP, West Bengal CPI(M) and West Bengal Congress have been clamouring for the deployment of Central Forces. So, where are the Central Forces when they are needed the most?

  • 8:07 AM (IST) Posted by Hritika Mitra

    Congress, TMC workers killed in violence in separate incidents amid polling in West Bengal

    A 52-year-old TMC worker, Sateshuddin Sheikh killed in Khargram of Murshidabad. His body has been brought to a hospital for postmortem. Meanwhile, a Congress worker, Phoolchand was killed during the nomination process for Panchayat election here in Khargram and Governor CV Ananda Bose met his family here yesterday.

  • 8:02 AM (IST) Posted by Hritika Mitra

    Residents of Nandigram Block 1 of Purba Medinipur district boycott election until CRPF are deployed to booths in Mahammadpur No. 2 area

    A voter, Govind says, "There is no Central force here. Booth capturing keeps happening here by TMC. They do bogus voting even in the name of the deceased. We won't allow voting here unless Central forces come here..."

  • 7:45 AM (IST) Posted by Hritika Mitra

    People wait to cast their votes amid rainfall in Basanti of South 24 Parganas

    Voters queue up at a polling station in Basanti of South 24 Parganas district amid rainfall as they await their turn to cast a vote.

  • 7:38 AM (IST) Posted by Hritika Mitra

    Independent candidate shot at in Cooch Behar

    Independent candidate shot dead in Cooch Behar. 

  • 7:34 AM (IST) Posted by Hritika Mitra

    Bengal Governor CV Ananda Bose stopped by a few CPI-M candidates in Basudebpur

    On his way to a polling booth in Basudebpur of North 24 Parganas, Governor CV Ananda Bose stopped by a few CPI(M) candidates as they share their various issues with him.

  • 7:24 AM (IST) Posted by Hritika Mitra

    Polling booth in Cooch Behar's Sitai vandalised

    A polling booth in Cooch Behar's Sitai was vandalised while ballot papers were set on fire.

    Further details are awaited.

  • 7:21 AM (IST) Posted by Hritika Mitra

    Counting of votes to take place on July 11

  • 7:18 AM (IST) Posted by Hritika Mitra

    Voting underway in Cooch Behar

    Visuals from a polling booth in Dinhata, Cooch Behar.

     

  • 7:17 AM (IST) Posted by Hritika Mitra

    Voting for the 2023 West Bengal Panchayat elections begins

    Voting on a total of 63,229 gram panchayat seats, 9,730 panchayat samiti seats and 928 zilla parishad seats began early morning on Saturday. 

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