CPI(M) candidate from Raiganj, in north Dinajpur, West Bengal Mohammed Salim's car has been attacked in Islampur allegedly by TMC goons. The state Election Commission has sought a report on the attack on Mohammed Salim from the state administration.
Salim, while speaking to the media said that police did not arrive on time.
West Bengal has witnessed poll violence during the phase two of Lok Sabha polls. Apart from Raiganj, clashes had broken out in Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri, on Thursday. The locals had clashed with the police outside polling booth 159, in Raiganj, North Dinajpur of West Bengal.
The locals claim that bike-borne youths which have been identified as alleged Trinamool Congress supporters were seen stopping voters from casting their vote. Female voters have been reportedly attacked. The tension among the locals is due to ineffective policing, reports have said. They claim that the police who were on the scene when bikers have attacked voters did not take any action to stop these miscreants.
Expecting disruption in polls, the EC had requested additional paramilitary and CRPF forces to help them curb such attacks. Currently, the situation is under control and CRPF personnel have resorted to lathi charge to keep miscreants away from several polling booths.
On Wednesday, Mamata Banerjee's minister and Chakdaha MLA had made a call to her workers to attack CRPF men during a closed door meeting at her constituency.
"Nothing is fair or unfair in a war. There are democratic or undemonstrative ways to do it. You have to win (the war) by any means. I have seen it in 2016 elections, how the Central forces (CRPF) have beaten up our boys (Trinamool workers). There was a bloodbath. This time it is more challenging. There is nothing to be scared," she said recounting the 2016 state polls.
Further, she instructed the women members to 'chase the CRPF away with broomsticks'.
"I will go to each and every polling booth, irrespective of the presence of the CRPF Jawans. And if the CRPF is taking pro-active action, then I request the Mahila sangh (women's wing) members to pick up broomsticks and chase them away from our area," she said.