Kolkata, Apr 6 : Barring reports of stray violence, the third phase of polling in West Bengal recorded a high turnout of more than 54 per cent till 1300 hours.
Highest turnout has been recorded in Hooghly at 58.15 per cent, while lowest in South 24 Parganas at 51.67 per cent. Hooghly 58.15%, Howrah: 53.95% and South 24 Parganas: 51.67%
Stray violence reports have been coming from the poll bound districts both the ruling TMC and oppositions, including the BJP have been blaming each other for violence.
A BJP supporter was today arrested for allegedly assaulting a TMC candidate at Khanakul seat in the Hooghly when he arrived at a booth after hearing the voters were not allowed to move near the polling booth.
Munshi Nazimul Karim said he was assaulted with bamboo sticks by the BJP activists, who in turn alleged that the candidate came with his followers to create trouble in the peaceful polling process.
The TMC candidate informed the EC and if the central forces had arrived on time he could have been saved from the assault.
A clash broke out between TMC and BJP workers in the Arambagh constituency of Hooghly district over alleged voter suppression in the region.
TMC candidate Sujata Modal clashed with BJP workers in the region, accusing the CRPF officials of colluding with the rival party and influencing votes in the favour of BJP.
The central forces are here to provide security, not to rig elections. They are asking people to vote in favour of the BJP. They are acting like an agency of the national party,” she said.
BJP leader and in-charge of West Bengal Amit Malvia accused the ruling TMC of attempting to rig the poll and stealing the EVMs, his statement came after chief
minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banrejee also accused blatant misuse of central forces in the polling even as about 30 per cent vote was polled in first four hours.
Meanwhile, SI Sujit Chakraborty of CID deputed to here for law and order duty suspended for gross negligence and callous activity in performing duty as sector officer under Sector no 17, Rajapur PS. Three Home Guards of Howrah (rural) District temporarily demobilised for their failure in performing their duty during assembly elections,” SP Howrah (Rural) District said.