Kolkata : BJP candidate for Jadavpur Lok Sabha seat Professor Anupam Hazra was heckled near a polling booth under his constituency by a group of miscreants including some women workers of Trinamool Congress who were allegedly trying to rig the poll at the booth.
According to the BJP candidate, after receiving a complaint that unabated rigging was going on at a booth at Shahid Nagar Primary School, he went there and found that several people including some women were allegedly preventing voters from casting their votes and as soon as he reached there he was heckled and abused by them forcing him to leave the polling station. Later, his car was damaged though Hazra remained unhurt.
‘I have already filed a complaint to the Election Commission and drew its attention to the incident and demanded repoll in that booth’, he said and blamed the ruling party for such deliberate incident.
In another incident, two motor cycle borne miscreants lobbed a powerful bomb on the main street at Rabindra Sarani area in North Kolkata at around noon today to scare the people and voters in a nearby booth. But none was injured in the blast though both the miscreants fled soon afterwards. Soon a Quick Response Team arrived on the spot and assured the voters of casting their votes.
In another incident the car of Nilanjan Roy, BJP candidate for Diamond Harbour seat was also severely damaged at Nodakhali area when he was on his way to a booth following reports of rigging and booth capturing allegedly by the ruling party goons.
He also lodged a complaint with the EC demanding repoll in several booths in his Lok Sabha constituency. Reports of alleged booth capturing was also coming from Bhangor area under South Kolkata parliamentary constituency by the supporter of Arabul Isalm, the notorious TMC leader who also threatened the voters last night.
Though TMC leaders as usual denied all these incidents and described them as deliberate attempts to downgrade the image of the party amid peaceful voting, BJP and other opposition parties demanded immediate intervention of the Election Commission.
Though long queues of voters in front of most of the 17,040 booths in all nine Lok Sabha constituencies of Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Joynagar, Mathurapur, Diamond Harbour, Jadavpur, Kolkata South and Kolkata North having a total electorate of over 1.49 crore, and four assembly seats of Bhatpara, Islampur, Darjeeling and Habibpur, where by elections are being held, were seen in the morning, but because of tremendous heat and uncomfortable weather condition their number diminished as the day progressed.
But still as many as 30 to 32 per cent votes were polled in all the constituencies on an average till 12 noon so far in spite of several incidents of violence, rigging and booth capturing, EC souces informed Hindusthan Samachar. But unfortunately, the security forces in most of the areas have so far remained muke spectators.