Kolkata, Mar 27 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union home minister Amit Shah and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee have separately appealed to the people to exercise their voting rights peacefully in large numbers first of the eight-phase polling for 30 seats of the 294 assembly constituencies began in Bengal on Saturday amid news of a man found lynched in West Medinipur district.
Barring the death of a man in the poll bound district and some stray incidents, by and large the voting has been peaceful in the first two hours as long queues are being witnessed in almost all the booths across five districts of Jangalmahal region, a former Maoist bastion.
So far nearly 15 per cent electors have cast their vote Voting is being held in Purulia, Paschim Medinipur Part I, Bankura Part I, Purbo Medinipur Part I and Jhargram.
The body of a man, who was lynched by some unidentified people, was found at Keshiari where the central forces rushed after being informed.
While the BJP claimed the man was the saffron supporter, the victim’s family members said they were not the supporters of any party.
The district administration sent a report to the EC, but details were not known.
Reports of malfunctioning of EVMs also came from Ketromohal school under Kanthi assembly segment were three of the four such machines were not operating causing long queue of voters.
CPM candidate Sushanta Ghosh also alleged that he was attacked in Jhargram’s Salboni area while visiting the booth.
His car was vandalised, he claimed.