On the day of the fifth phase of Lok Sabha polls when 51 Lok Sabha seats went to polls in seven constituencies several incidents of violence on journalists, leaders, and damage to vehicles were reported in West Bengal where Trinamool Congress (TMC) is the ruling party.
At Tetulia village in Amdanga, West Bengal, which falls under Barrackpore Lok Sabha constituency, Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers allegedly ransacked BJP’s candidate Arjun Singh’s vehicle. Several media persons were also thrashed by the ruling party in the state and two Indian Express journalists were among those injured in the violence.
Arjun Singh reached Tetulia village after he received reports that BJP workers were being intimidated the polling agents were not given entry inside the booth. After he reached, TMC did not allow him to enter the booth and manhandled him while he was leaving.
After the unrest situation at the place, media persons started capturing the incident which was stopped by TMC workers and they thrashed the journalists and their equipment. The miscreants started throwing stones at the media persons and hit them. The TMC leaders blocked the roads with tree logs so that no vehicle can move from the place following vandalizing of the vehicles.
An injured journalist claimed that the incident took just metres away from the polling booth and yet no police officer or central forces came to stabilize the situation.
“Our agents were not allowed inside booths. People in the polling booths were not allowed to vote properly and I went there to have a look. I have the right to enter booths but police stopped me and hit me,” Singh told PTI.
Arjun Singh has recently joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He was a part of the Trinamool Congress.
West Bengal has witnessed polling in all seven phases starting from April 11. The remaining 17 Lok Sabha seats will go to polls in remaining two phases of Lok Sabha elections on May 12 and May 19. The results will be announced on May 23.