Ketugram (West Bengal), April 21: Four persons were arrested on Thursday (April 21) on charges of beating up a CPI(M) worker, breaking his leg and even chopping off a part of his ear while the latter was going to cast his ballot. The accused belonged to the Trinamool Congress (TMC), it was alleged.
The third phase of the West Bengal Assembly election was held on Thursday.
It was said that the victim, Lal Chowdhury, was going to the polling booth with his mother when he was attacked. The attackers even threatened to hurl bomb at him when some local people rushed to his rescue. The assailants fled as a result and Chowdhury was rushed to the local block hospital. He was undergoing treatment there. [CPI(M) supporter killed in poll violence in Domkol]
Twelve companies of central forces were deployed in the constituency area and the Opposition criticised the central forces for not being able to prevent such an incident yet. Section 144 was imposed in the area after the incident. [When Mamata regretted her birth in Bengal]
In another incident, a crude bomb was hurled at the voters' queue in another booth in the same constituency. Three persons were injured in the attack.
In Khandaghosh constituency in the same district, a CPI(M) supporter had a fractured head after he was allegedly targeted by members of the ruling TMC.
Meanwhile, four TMC supporters were injured in a clash with the Opposition cadres in Sinut in Mangalkot constituency in Nurdwan district. TMC candidate from the seat Siddikullah Chowdhury threatened to conduct a sit-in demonstration till the guilty were not arrested.