Kolkata, May 12: Former IPS officer and BJP candidate from West Bengal's Ghatal constituency Bharati Ghosh broke down during the sixth phase polls after she was heckled at a polling booth. According to reporters, Bharati was pushed by a group of women voters at the voting station in Ghatal seat. The incident left the ex-police officer in tears. BJP Worker Found Dead in Jhargram.
After being heckled at the polling booth, Bharati was subjected to another attack from alleged Trinamool Congress voters. Her convoy was pelted with stones and bricks. Minor injuries were sustained by her in the mob attack.
Bengal is drenched in violence amid the ongoing Lok Sabha elections 2019. Two BJP workers were reportedly shot at in East Midnapore last night, whereas, another BJP worker in Jhargram district was found dead. The party has blamed the ruling TMC of orchestrating the violence.
Update on Attack on Bharati:
#ElectionAlert -- Former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh, who is contesting from Ghatal Lok Sabha seat on a BJP ticket against Bengali film star and TMC candidate Deepak Adhikary, popularly known as Dev, received injuries after her convoy was attacked and pelted with bricks by a mob. pic.twitter.com/G5jHE6m0wF
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Clashes also broke out at a public meeting which was reportedly addressed by Bharati two days ago. In the violence, at least 15 people were left injured, including TMC and BJP workers.
Bharati is debuting in the electoral fray, challenging TMC candidate and actor Deepak Adhikary, popularly known as Dev.
Notably, the ex-IPS was once the closest serving officer to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Relations between the two fall out after Bharati's alleged involvement in the "gold scam". In February, she resigned from the police service and joined the BJP.