Lok Sabha election Phase 4: Babul Supriyo booked for entering booth, threatening poll officer in West Bengal

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Updated: April 29, 2019 6:27:41 PM

Like the past three phases, the fourth phase was also marred by violence and clashes between the supporters of ruling parties and opposition. In Birbhum's Dubrajpur, the situation prompted the central forces to open fire in the air to control the mob.

EC directs West Bengal police to file FIR against Babul Supriyo for threatening poll officer (ANI Image)EC directs West Bengal police to file FIR against Babul Supriyo for threatening poll officer (ANI Image)EC directs West Bengal police to file FIR against Babul Supriyo for threatening poll officer (ANI Image)

Lok Sabha election Phase 4: The Election Commission of India on Monday directed the West Bengal police to file an FIR (First Information Report) against union minister and BJP candidate from Asansol parliamentary seat Babul Supriyo. The complaint was registered after Supriyo allegedly trespassed into booth number 199 and threatened a polling agent and an officer.

According to reports, the minister had an argument with the officials inside a polling station, following which the supporters of the ruling Trinamool Congress vandalised his vehicle.

Supriyo further claimed that he went to Barabani and witnessed that voters were not allowed to cast their votes. “I visited Barabani to witness the poll process but found that voters were not being allowed to exercise their franchise. Our fight is to establish democracy… It is shameful that I have to say this in a democratic country,” PTI quoted Babul Supriyo as saying.

Like the past three phases, the fourth phase was also marred by violence and clashes between the supporters of ruling parties and opposition. In Birbhum’s Dubrajpur, the situation prompted the central forces to open fire in the air to control the mob.

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In Krishnanagar, the BJP has accused TMC of rigging the polls on almost every booth. Kalyan Chaubey, BJP candidate from Krishnanagar said, “The TMC goons have jammed the booths in Chapra, Dompukur and Hatisala areas of Krishnagar constituency. The central forces are guarding the booths and the 100-metre radius around those centres, but people beyond that were being warned against casting their votes. I was also threatened by some of them.”

A delegation led by central ministers Vijay Goel, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and party’s media in-charge Anil Baluni met the election commission officials and complained about the ruckus created by TMC during voting in the state.

“The ruling Trinamool Congress workers have hijacked democracy in the state and are indulging in violence. They are being supported by the local machinery and we demand deployment of central forces in all polling booths in the state,” Naqvi said.

A total of 580 companies of Central Armed Police Force (CAPFs) have been deployed to control more than 98 per cent of the polling stations across eight constituencies for free and fair polling.

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