Violence mars polling in Bengal: Clashes on NH31; CPM candidate vehicle attacked :

Voting in three West Bengal Lok Sabha constituencies in the second phase on Thursday was marred by incidents of violence, including an attack on CPI(M) candidate Md Salim’s vehicle.Advertising

Clashes erupted in Chopra Assembly segment when police used force to disperse a group of people who blocked the National Highway 31, claiming they were not allowed to vote. Crude bombs were reportedly lobbed at the police contingent after they had deployed tear gas.

Police opened fire and RAF has been deployed in the area. The region is still simmering with tension,” a local said.

In Raiganj’s Goalpokhe, a journalist working with a news channel was allegedly beaten up by trouble mongers. He received serious injuries and has been admitted at a nearby hospital.

In Jalpaiguri’s Malbazar, local BJP leaders accused the TMC of setting fire to their booth camp, an allegation denied by the ruling party.

In Islampur, CPI(M) candidate Md Salim’s vehicle was attacked and his driver was forced to flee. However, as per reports, Salim is still inside the booth.

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