In a tragic incident during the phase three of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, a polling agent named Babulal Murmu was found hanging in his home in Buniadpur, Dinajpur (South) in West Bengal on Tuesday.
As per inputs, the officer had reported to work on Monday and had returned home as per his schedule.
The local police is investigating the case, even as further details are awaited.
Earlier on the same day, in a continuation of the clashes that have invariably been witnessed in West Bengal since polling began, crude bombs had been hurled by the locals across fields, on the polling booths in Murshidabad, West Bengal. This ensuing clashes between locals, party workers and CRPF, in Murshidabad have resulted in the death of a Congress worker who was standing in line to vote.
Visuals showed five-ten locals (all men) running away from the poll booth, chased by uniformed CRPF personnel. The men were seen hurling crude bombs on the polling station in an attempt to disrupt the polling process. Smoke was seen being emitted from the bombs which have exploded close to the poll booths.
Clashes are not exclusive just to Murshidabad. Other constituencies like Malda (North and South), Jangipur have also been victim to these bomb-hurling incidents on Tuesday.
Earlier, in an on-camera incident in the Malda district, a booth presiding officer in Shujalpur was allegedly trying to influence voters in the poll booth. The Congress has approached the Election Commission regarding the violation.
The phase three of the Lok Sabha polls is currently underway with one-fifth of the Lok Sabha seats (117 seats) are up for grabs. Polling is underway in 15 States and Union territories. This phase will also see the completion of voting in Gujarat (26 seats) and Karnataka (14 seats). Other states in contest are Kerala (20), Maharashtra (14), Uttar Pradesh (10 ), Assam (4), Bihar (5), Chhattisgarh (7 seats), Odisha (6), West Bengal (5), Dadra and Nagar Haveli (1), Daman and Diu (1), Goa (2), Jammu and Kashmir (1) and Tripura (1).