Kolkata, May 15, 2017: Several incidents of brawls were reported at polling booths during the voting for West Bengal’s seven municipalities, mostly in the north, on Sunday.
As per the reports, many wards goons broke EVM machines and vandalised polling booths. They also beat up voters. Major clashes broke out at Domkal in Murshidabad and Pujali in south 24 Parganas.
Bombs were also hurled at a polling booth in South 24 Parganas’ Pujali.
At Domkal too, Trinamool Congress supporters clashed with CPM and congress workers.
The municipalities include Kurseong, Darjeeling and Mirik, in Darjeeling district; Kalimpong in the newly announced Kalimpong district; Pujali in South 24 Parganas district; Raigunj in North Dinajpur district; and Domkal municipality in Murshidabad district.
Congress leaders have laid siege at Rowdon Street in Kolkata outside the office of the state election commission. They sat on a demonstration blocking the road after the election commissioner refused to meet them.
The Congress leadership said they wanted to submit a memorandum demanding repolling at Domkal and Pujali.
The criminals allegedly owe allegiance to TMC. In protest of the violence, Congress has withdrawn its candidates from Domkal.