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West Bengal: One Person Injured As Villagers In Birbhum Protest Against Trinamool Goons; Clashes Between Trinamool and Police Personnel In Asansol

A crude bomb was reportedly found near a polling station in Nadia district.

Several incidents of violence were reported on Monday in the fourth phase of polling in Asansol and other parts of West Bengal.

According to a NDTV reportone person was injured in violent clashes in Nanoor village in Birbhum. Residents of the village reportedly protested — armed with bamboo sticks — and alleged that Trinamool workers stopped them from casting their votes. Central forces also reached the village, as per the report. On Sunday, Birbhum Trinamool leader Anubrata Mondal was put under house arrest till April 30. The Election Commission has also seized a cellphone belonging to him. As per ANI, “Polling officers had requested West Bengal CEO of his house arrest for a free and fair election.”

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As per PTI, clashes broke out between Trinamool and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters outside a polling booth in Barabani, Asansol. The violence was triggered after sitting BJP MP Babul Supriyo had a tiff with a polling officer inside the polling station, an Election Commission source told PTI.

Supriyo’s car was also vandalised in the clash, ANI reported.

Meanwhile, villagers boycotted polling in another booth in Asansol due to the absence of central forces, ANI reported.

Trinamool workers clashed with police personnel in another polling booth of the constituency after a disagreement erupted between Mamata Banerjee’s party workers and CPI (M) and BJP workers. The CPI (M) and BJP supporters didn’t want polling to continue in the absence of central forces.

Trinamool MP Moon Moon Sen and Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Gouranga Chatterjee are contesting against Supriyo in Asansol.

When an NDTV reporter asked Sen about the reported violence, she said that she “woke up very late” as she was given the “bed tea late”. The Trinamool leader added that she was not aware of any such reports.

As per a 101 reporter, a crude bomb was found near a polling booth in Nadia’s Shantipur area which falls under Ranaghat parliamentary constituency. On Sunday, three Trinamool supporters were reportedly injured while trying to make a crude bomb in neighbouring Krishnanagar constituency.

BJP’s Krishnanagar candidate Kalyan Chaubey posted a series of tweets alleging that Trinamool goons had captured polling booths in the constituency.

As the polling was underway, Trinamool wrote a letter to West Bengal Chief Electoral Officer stating that “central forces have created a reign of terror in minds of voters and have also urged the voters to cast their vote for BJP.”

In the fourth phase, polling is underway in eight parliamentary constituencies in the eastern state.

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