Dhubri (Assam): According to Himanta Biswa Sarma, the chief minister of Assam, 133 people who feared for their lives fled to Assam’s Dhubri district due to violence that occurred in West Bengal during the panchayat elections. The CM noted that people living there have now sought refuge in Ronpagli MV School in the Jhapusabari neighborhood of the Dhubri district. According to Assam Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma, the state government has given them food, shelter, and medical care in a relief camp.
The West Bengal State Election Commission stated that the police confirmed 10 deaths in the poll-related violence on Saturday that broke out in several parts of West Bengal on the day of the Panchayat Polls.
The State Election Commission (SEC) was criticized by the Calcutta High Court on Tuesday for what appeared to be its failure to prevent violence during the July 8 West Bengal panchayat elections. The Chief Justice TS Sivagnanam-led bench voiced its concern with the way the responsibility for the violence was being shifted. “One is blaming the other. The other is blaming someone else. What is the point of passing so many orders by us then?” he asked. Addressing the State Election Commission, the Chief Justice said that the Court’s Registry has been receiving emails complaining of the violence that took place during the polls.
On Sunday, coming down heavily on the Mamata Banerjee government over the widespread violence during the panchayat elections in West Bengal on Saturday, Union Minister Nishith Pramanik said the single-phased polls were not a festival of the republic but a festival of death. Multiple incidents of violence earlier on Saturday cast a long shadow on the conduct of the panchayat polls across the state. A person received fatal injuries after being hit by a crude explosive in the Phul Malancha polling booth in South 24 Pargana district.