Clashes have reportedly erupted on Sunday in Ghatal constituency when BJP candidate Bharati Ghosh's convoy was allegedly attacked by protesting villagers who pelted stones at her car. One security personnel has also been hurt in the clashes.
Visuals show broken windows in Ghosh's car and dents on its sides. It also shows the shattered windscreen on a CRPF vehicle. Additional security is seen arriving on the scene and Ghosh is being escorted away from the area by the security forces.
Talking to media after the attack, Ghosh blamed the West Bengal Chief Minister for allegedly 'looting votes' and also claimed that the police has been instructed to turn a blind eye towards it.
" I will lodge a complaint. Mamata Bandhopadhyay (Banerjee) has given a clear direction to not allow voting to happen. She is looting votes and terrorising West Bengal which is a shameful thing to do. She has place people to loot the votes and has instructed the police to not take any action. This injustice should be shown to the world," she said.
Earlier in a polling booth in Ghatal, a BJP election agent had claimed that Trinamool women workers were allegedly not allowing him to sit inside the poll booth, as per reports. The workers had claimed that the BJP man was allegedly not a polling agent and hence they were reportedly blocking him from entering the booth.
According to on-ground sources, Ghosh who had arrived on the scene was allegedly pushed by purported Trinamool workers, following which a scuffle ensued. In the clashes, Ghosh was reportedly hurt as she fell down and injured her toe. Angry villagers were reported to be surrounding the booth and protesting.
These two attacks on the Ghosh are not the only incidence of a breach in law and order in West Bengal on Sunday. In the early hours as polling was underway, alleged Trinamool supporters purportedly threatened to bomb a poll booth in Gopalpur village in Medinipur district.
As per ground reports, BJP agents were not allowed inside the booth and CRPF team too was not allowed to do its duty. As a result, ruckus reportedly ensued outside the poll booth. Accounts from outside the booth spoke of alleged Trinamool workers threatening voters and being given a free hand to do so on account of the police also allegedly turning a blind eye towards it. When asked by a voter to ask the block leader or the district leader to solve their issues, a ruckus allegedly ensued in which BJP West Bengal Chief Dilip Ghosh was surrounded and a few voters who were fighting were taken into custody to the nearest police station.
Bharti Ghosh who is a decorated cop of the West Midnapore district recently joined the BJP after reports of a tiff between herself and the Trinamool Chief. Ghosh faces CPI's Santosh Rana and the sitting MP and TMC's candidate, Deepak Adhikary in the battle for the Left bastion Ghatal. West Bengal's Tamluk, Kanthi, Ghatal, Medinipur, Bankura, Bishnupur, Purulia and Jhargram constituencies go to polls on Sunday. Results are scheduled to be announced on May 23.