Kolkata, May 14: Incidents of violence were reported from various parts of West Bengal during the ongoing elections for the zilla parishads, panchayat samities and gram panchayats across 20 districts of the state. At the 8/12 polling booth in Cooch Behar, a BJP support was slapped by TMC Minister Rabindra Nath Ghosh.
Ghosh, appointed by the Mamata Banerjee government to head the Ministry of North Bengal development, is an elected legislator from Natabari constituency in Cooch Behar district.
In the video clip shared below, Ghosh (in purple kurta) is seen slapping the BJP supporter. The latter was subsequently hounded out of the polling booth by TMC workers. Watch video here:
#WATCH: On being identified, BJP supporter Sujit Kumar Das, was slapped by #WestBengal Minister Rabindra Nath Ghosh (in purple kurta) at Cooch Behar's booth no. 8/12 in presence of Police. #PanchayatElection pic.twitter.com/9S2gyAoNQt
— ANI (@ANI) May 14, 2018
Massive violence was also reported from Bhangar district, where over 20 people have been injured in a bomb attack. Cadres of the TMC and Jiban Jivika Raksha Committee was reported earlier in the day.
In Bilkinda, one BJP supporter was attacked with a knife, news agency ANI reported. He was rushed to the local hospital.
In North 24 Parganas district, one CPI(M) worker and his wife were charred to death after alleged TMC workers set their house ablaze last night.
For the smooth conduct of the polls, the state government had deployed over 58,000 security personnel for manning the polling booths.