Bengal polls: TMC alleges 4 killed in firing by central forces in Cooch Behar, Modi condoles deaths
The Election Commission on Saturday adjourned polling at a booth in Sitalkuchi constituency, Cooch Behar district, following reports of violence there. The Trinamool Congress has written to the poll body claiming that four people were killed in the constituency after central forces opened fire. The party sought the poll body’s intervention into the matter.
Neither the police nor Election Commission, however, have made an official statement on the matter.
Reports suggest that the incident took place after TMC and BJP workers clashed in Sitalkuchi. Earlier, a first-time voter identified as Anand Burman was shot dead outside a polling booth in the same constituency.
Close to 52.89% turnout was recorded till 2.35 pm in the fourth phase of state elections in West Bengal, as 44 seats went to polls on Saturday.
Earlier, voting began at 7 am in all constituencies. The seats are spread across five districts of Howrah, South 24 Parganas, Hooghly, Alipurduar and Cooch Behar. Over 1.15 crore voters will decide the fate of 373 candidates fielded in Saturday’s round of polling.