13 killed in WB poll violence
Kolkata: Living up to West Bengal’s notorious reputation for electoral violence, polling on Monday for the panchayat elections in the state saw massive bloodletting, leading to multiple deaths.Till the time of writing of this report, 13 deaths had been reported from various parts of the state. Over 100 persons were injured. DGP Surajit Kar Purkayastha, however, said that violence this time was much less than that during the 2013 polls.The tone for the polling day was set on Sunday night itself when a CPM-affiliated couple was burnt to death in Kakdwip, around 90 km from Kolkata, allegedly by TMC goons. According to Samik Lahiri, secretary of the CPM’s South 24 Parganas district unit, Debu Das and his wife were killed by Trinamool Congress thugs for refusing to succumb to their threats.As polling began this morning, so did the killings. CPM activists Apu Manna and Yagneswar Ghosh were shot dead, allegedly by the TMC supporters, at Nandigram, near Kolkata. At Amdanga in North 24 Parganas, CPM worker Taibur Gain was killed.At Kultali under Baruipur subdivision, TMC supporter Arif Gazi was allegedly killed by activists of the SUCI, a fringe player in state politics. At Santipur in Nadia district, two TMC supporters were lynched by a mob after they allegedly tried to capture a polling booth. At Beldanga in South 24 Parganas, a BJP activist was killed. Amrit Saha, TMC supporter and maternal uncle of the local TMC candidate, was shot inside the polling booth at Malaikular in Raiganj. He later died in hospital. At Tehatta in Nadia district, Krishnapada Sarkar, a voter standing in a queue, lost his life after being caught in a clash between TMC and BJP supporters.