Clash in Birbhum leaves eight injured

KOLKATA: A clash between BJP and TMC workers on Sunday left eight persons injured in Dumrut village in Birbhum district where polling is underway, police said.
Three workers from both sides were arrested, they said. BJP has claimed all the injured as their supporters.
Tension also prevailed at Sian village under Nanoor constituen¬cy in Birbhum and at Kankartala village under Dubrajpur constitu-ency with the Forward Bloc alleg¬ing that their agents were threat¬ened by the Trinamool Congress.
Reports from north Bengal, where polls are being held in six districts of Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling, Uttar Dinajpur, Dak-shin Dinajpur, Malda besides Birb¬hum in South Bengal, said non-functioning EVMs caused delays in beginning the polling process as voters waited patiently in queue.
The weather being cloudy how¬ever, provided the voters reprieve in north Bengal. Reports from Mal¬da said seven EVMs failed to func¬tion at Englishbazar, Chanchol and Manikchak as polling began at 7 AM delaying voting by an hour.
In Jalpaiguri, voting was stalled temporarily at a booth in Jalpaiguri Sadar as the VVPAT did not function, polling officials said. Four EVMs — two at Jalpaig¬uri Sadar constituency and two at Rajganj — did not function proper¬ly delaying polling.
In Darjeeling district, a mal¬functioning EVM resulted in a two hour delay as polling began in the morning at Matigara-Nax¬albari (SC) assembly constituency, polling officials said.
Birbhum district in South Bengal where elections are also being held today reported mal¬functioning of EVMs in three booths at Karidhya under Suri Assembly constituency.
In Malda, a presiding officer in booth no: 163 in Englishbazar as¬sembly segment was removed af¬ter the CPI(M) complained that the officer was allegedly working in favour of Trinamool Congress and allowing impersonation of votes.
The District Election Officer has ordered his removal and re¬placement. In Saithia assembly constituency, a polling officer in booth no: 13 Abhimanyu Pal was taken ill. Polling, however, was not affected, reports said.
In Jalpaiguri district, the CPI(M) has complained that their polling agent was not being allowed to enter a booth in Rajganj (SC) constituency by Trinamool Congress workers, a charge denied by the latter.

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