West Bengal elections: EC outsmarted as plan of assault takes a extraordinary turn

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Election Commission has run into Hydra, a nine-headed snake in Greek mythology, while perplexing to tackle check assault in West Bengal.

When a EC announced polls over 6 phases in a state, some-more than a few eyebrows were raised. Spreading elections over a month and a half is a logistical nightmare. Apart from deployment of executive armed army — who are not conversant with a internal denunciation — in apart locations, it also involves realigning a state’s possess punitive machine that temporarily comes underneath a EC’s supervision.

But what seemed a paranoid magnitude was indeed a advantageous tactic given West Bengal’s story of bloodshed. Mindful of a bloody statistics that date behind to decades and steady complaints from a antithesis (especially in light of final year’s county physique polls), a EC put in place an apparently foolproof strategy.

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Consider a arrangements for a recently resolved third proviso of Assembly Polls.

On Thursday, when polling was hold in 62 seats opposite Kolkata north, Murshidabad, Nadia and Burdwan, a EC fielded a ring involving one lakh certainty forces. It enclosed 714 companies of executive paramilitary crew in election-bound areas and a fortuitous of 25000-strong state military force to support them in rebellious a denunciation barrier.

There were military observers in any district (three for supportive Murshidabad). The army were asked to do slight flag-marches to teach certainty among voters.

The bearing of a bid was to forestall and tackle assault on a polling day. It has to be certified that so far, a EC has been mostly successful in tying a spilling of blood during a time that ballots were expel starting 4 April.

But what about a time in between?

In further to a certainty forces, a media also play a essential purpose in bringing incidents of assault and outfit to light. On polling days, teams of reporters, TV reporters overflow any far-flung counter with their OB vans and paraphernalia. So effective has a media been in their commitment that in many cases, a EC has acted on a basement of reports that have emerged on TV channels. But a media, too, sojourn centred on polling activity. What happens after a final list is cast, lights are switched off, wires recoiled and scribes lapse home?

A factoid might put things in perspective. While one person, CPIM’s Tahidul Islam, has died so distant in assault during a time of polling, a genocide fee given a proclamation of choosing given 4 Mar stands during 12.

Though a EC has pronounced it takes incidences of post-poll assault “seriously”, no earlier did polling finished for a third proviso on Thursday there were renewed clashes between a statute Trinamool Congress and fondness partners CPIM and Congress, ensuing in a deaths of 3 celebration workers, dual from CPIM and one Congress.

Lodhna encampment in Khandaghosh subdivision in Bengal’s Burdwan despotic witnessed dual hideous killings. CPIM’s Sheikh Fazal Ali, 58, was hacked to genocide with pointy weapons while 57-year-old Dukhiram Dal’s veins were cut as he bled to genocide right before a eyes of his son Sisir, who hid behind a wall to save his life.

In a news carried by The Telegraph, Sisir, who assists his father in offered vegetables, removed how purported TMC workers pounded them with bombs and hatchets after voting finished on Thursday.

“As bombs exploded all around, we hid behind a wall and saw my father being chased. He tripped and several TMC men, armed with cleavers and hatchets, pounced on him. One of them told a others how to cut a veins in my father’s legs. we shall never forget a scene,” Sisir was quoted, as saying.

Ali, CPIM’s polling representative for counter No 108, also met his genocide in a identical conform yet his son Sajal, who hid in a circuitously bush, was spared a distress of examination his father being killed.

The organisation lay draining and panting compartment 9 pm when a cops arrived and eventually took them to a Burdwan Medical College and sanatorium where they died a few hours later, according to Burdwan SP Gaurav Sharma.

In Burdwan’s Raina, Congress workman Khandekar Ali was killed in a Mathnurpur area when purported TMC workers, who had got into a squabble with him over casting of votes, strike him with a rod.

In any of these cases, a statute celebration has denied involvement, blaming it on possibly intra-party push between fondness partners or family feud.

Elsewhere on Friday, TMC personality Chanchal Debnath was beaten adult by purported CPIM activists in Nadia district’s Haringhata area. In return, a organisation of TMC workers allegedly ransacked a residence of former MLA Nani Gopal Malakar and kick adult former CPIM apportion Bankim Ghosh.

In his complaint, Ghosh, who is now certified with injuries and respiratory problems, pronounced 12 TMC miscreants were concerned in a conflict and a “mayhem went on for about 20 minutes.”

“The TMC organisation also took divided income and valuables and transient by a behind doorway when military came,” Dipti, Nani Malakar’s wife, was quoted as observant by news group PTI.


“In a day of polling, police, executive army and media keep despotic vigil. So a TMC plan is now to indulge in assault immediately after a polls or to dominate electorate before a day of voting. Villager are being told they will face apocalyptic consequences if they so most as go nearby a booth,” CPIM MP and politburo member Mohammad Salim told Firstpost.

“Law and sequence is a state subject. It is a shortcoming of a administration and a Election Commission to forestall such incidents from happening. The killings are a pointer of TMC’s insecurity. Facing defeat, Mamata Banerjee has increasing her rhetoric,” he added.

“The killings are a unfortunate step to teach a clarity of fear among electorate who have so distant refused to be quiet down by such strategy and are responding TMC’s power of apprehension by casting their ballots,” combined a CPIM MP.

Surjya Kanta Mishra, state CPIM personality and a fondness partner’s CM candidate, steady a assign on Twitter.

Amid a tongue and counter-rhetoric, a EC’s pursuit is cut out in West Bengal. Three phases are still left.