New Delhi, July 22 (ANI): Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Atul Anjan on Monday lashed out at the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC) Government over incidents of violence during the fourth phase of the panchayat polls, and said the situation in West Bengal has become hell.
"Under the rule of Mamata Banerjee, the situation in West Bengal has become hell. Tremendous violence is being seen in the village council elections, something that has never been seen before. Violence, rapes, eve-teasing and police atrocities have now become a common factor under the Mamata Banerjee government," said Anjan.
Meanwhile, two persons were killed and 12 injured as incidents of violence were reported during the fourth phase of the panchayat elections in West Bengal today.
One person, Abdul Mannan, was killed in firing by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in the Malda district. The CRPF allegedly opened fire after being mobbed by villagers for beating a Congress candidate.
In another incident a woman, Noor Jahan Bibi was killed in a village in the Murshidabad district, which has seen a flurry of bombings and where three people were killed yesterday.
The violence spiraled in the absence of enough central security forces on the ground, despite warnings of clashes after the earlier phases of polling.
Since the panchayat polls commenced in West Bengal on July 11, the state has been witnessing violence due to clashes amongst different party workers. Some incidents have led to killings.
The first three phases were held on July 11, 15 and 19. Polling for the next round will be on July 25. Votes will be counted on July 29. (ANI)