The Election Commission on Saturday adjourned polling at a booth under Sitalkuchi constituency in Cooch Behar district following reports of violence. The Trinamool Congress had written to the poll body claiming that five of its members were killed in the constituency after central forces opened fire. The party sought the poll body’s intervention into the matter.
The police or Election Commission has however, not given an official statement on the matter.
Reports suggest that the incident took place after TMC and BJP workers clashed in Sitalkuchi. Earlier, a first-time voter, identified as Anand Burman was shot dead outside a polling booth under the constituency.
Close to 34% turnout was recorded till 11.30 am in the fourth phase of state elections in West Bengal, as 44 seats went to polls on Saturday.
Earlier, voting began at 7 am in all constituencies. The seats are spread across five districts of Howrah, South 24 Paraganas, Hooghly, Alipurduar and Cooch Behar. Over 1.15 crore voters will decide the fate of 373 candidates fielded in Saturday’s round of polling.