31.54 pc turnout till 1130 hours in Bengal; BJP polling agent dies

Kolkata, Apr 17 (UNI) A BJP polling agent at Kamarhati assembly booth in North 24 Parganas district died of cardiac arrest in the first hours of the polling even as the fifth phase recorded 31.54% turnout till 1130 hours in West Bengal on Saturday.

Brisk polling much on the line of the other phases was recorded in the fifth phase in West Bengal.

The Election Commission has sought report over death of a BJP polling agent, identified as Abhijit Samanta, at booth number 107 in Kamarhati assembly constituency in North 24 Pathanas, and a clash broke out between the TMC and BJP supporters at at Shantinagar under Bidhanagar assembly segment,Salt Lake, A clash broke out between Trinamool and BJP supporters at Bidhanagar where rival groups pelted stones.

Several women were injured in the attack at Santinagar in Bidhanagar. BJP candidate Sabyasachi Dutta has reached the spot.

Stones and bricks were hurled in between the TMC and BJP activists at Shantinagar under Bidhangar where the rival parties blamed each other for obstructing voters to go to the booths.

BJP candidate Sabyasachi Dutta alleged the TMC goons were creating problem before the combat force arrived to restore the situation.

“Nobody helped him, there is no facility for treatment here,” the victim’s brother alleged as the corps was on a table at the booth for quite some time before any help came for shifting to nearby hospital.

Trinamool Congress candidate and state fire minister Sujit Bose alleged that he was stopped from entering a booth at Kalindi.

A BJP leader at Kalyani claimed that his house was attacked with bombs. In South Burdwan a polling agent of BJP was assaulted.

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