47.63 pc turnout recorded till 1300 hours in Bengal

Kolkata : Barring some sporadic violence at Bijpur constituency in North 24 Parganas district, the sixth phase polling for 43 seats in West Bengal was peaceful with around 47.63 per cent turnout recorded till 1300 hours.

Several incidents of crude bombs explosions were reported in Barrackpore industrial belt in North 24 Parganas district during the sixth phase of West Bengal Assembly polls on Wednesday Sporadic violence was also reported from Bijpur constituency in North 24 Parganas, where TMC and BJP supporters clashed with each other outside polling booths.

Two supporters of the TMC and three of the BJP were reportedly injured in the clashes. A huge contingent of security forces was rushed to the troubled areas to control the situation. In the Halisahar area of Naihati constituency in North 24 paraganas, BJP alleged that bombs were hurled at the residence of a local party leader, and that his mother and younger brother suffered injuries. ISF camp vandalised in Naihati, In Amdanga constituency, country-made crude bombs were recovered by police personnel.

In Raiganj, sources in the TMC said one of the ruling party activists sustained serious injuries after he was allegedly stabbed by BJP workers. One BJP and one TMC agent beaten up at Mongolkot in Burdwan district.

A voter at a booth near Nandigram village, Katwa in Purba Bardhaman district was given first aid by the ITBP medic team during the sixth phase of polling. The sixth phase of polls is being held in the midst of an unprecedented Covid-19 surge.

West Bengal registered it’s highest-ever single-day spike, with 9,819 people testing positive. A total of 2.95 lakh Covid cases 2,023 deaths were recorded in the country in the last 24 hours.

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