West Bengal Election 2021: Widespread violence during sixth phase

Kolkata: Before even one hour had elapsed in the sixth phase of the West Bengal Election 2021 massive violence was reported from several assembly constituencies.

Clashes took place between the Trinamool Congress and BJP in front of polling booth number 100 at Ketugram village in Purba Bardhaman district of West Bengal.

Clashes also took place inside Ketugram village. Local BJP leaders alleged that their workers were forced out of the village by the TMC.

Meanwhile, firing took place between the BJP and the TMC at Chapra in Nadia district. 

In Barrackpore, a local BJP office was burned down on Wednesday night. Local TMC candidate was surrounded by BJP workers when he went to vote on Thursday morning.

Clashes and exchange of fire was reported between TMC and Indian Secular Fron (ISF) from Amdanga in North 24 Parganas district.

Just like the previous five phases, the run up to the sixth phase of the West Bengal Election 2021 witnessed massive violence.

On Wednesday night, a few hours before the start of the sixth phase of the West Bengal Election 2021, bloody clashes took place between the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and BJP at the Navadwip constituency.

A local party office of the BJP was burned down in the violence.

The BJP has alleged that around 150 TMC workers came on motorbikes and hurled bombs at the party office. Local BJP leaders have claimed that around 20 of their workers were injured in the incident.

The TMC has denied the allegations.

Out of 306 candidates in the sixth phase, 87 have criminal cases against them. Of these, 71 have very serious criminal cases against them. These include 14 of the CPI (M), 25 of the BJP, 24 of the Trinamool  Congress (TMC) and five of the Congress.

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During the sixth phase of the West Bengal Election 2021, 779 companies of Central Police Forces (CPF) have been deployed to guard the polling booths.

Seat wise deployment of CPF in 6th phase of West Bengal Election 2021  

Asansol Durgapur – 14 companies

Bangaon – 69 companies

Barasat – 59 companies

Barrackpore – 108 companies

Basirhat – 40 companies

Bidhannagar Commissionerate – 3 companies

South Dinajpur – 3 companies

Islampur – 62 companies

Krishnanagar – 162 companies

East Burdwan – 143 companies

Raiganj- 97 companies

One company of CPF consists of around 100 soldiers.

A total of 308 candidates are contesting from 43 seats in the sixth phase of the West Bengal Election 2021. The total number of voters in these constituencies is 1.03 crore. Of these, 50.56 are women and 256 are third gender people. 

A total of 14,460 polling booths have been set up for the sixth phase of the West Bengal Election 2021. 

According to Election Commission sources, several seats in the four districts of this phase are considered to be sensitive. There are violence prone seats like Bhatpara, Naihati, Mangalkot, Barrackpore, Bhatar in this phase. 

The Election Commission has asked the central forces to be more vigilant. The CPF have been allowed to open fire if needed. But it has also been made clear that the shots have to be fired below the knee.

Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee has questioned the central forces from the very beginning of the West Bengal Election 2021. There are even allegations that the central forces are influencing voters to vote for the BJP. 

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