Kolkata (Loksatya). Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee have urged people to vote peacefully for the first phase of polling in 30 assembly constituencies in the state. The state assembly elections are to be held in eight phases.
The body of a person has been reported to be found in West Medinipur district of the state on Saturday. The polling was peaceful in the first two hours, except for the death of one person and a few incidents in the district during the voting. Long queues of people are seen in polling booths in five districts of Junglemal area. Polling is being held in Purulia, West Medinipur Part-1, Bankura Part-1, East Medinipur Part-1 and Jhargram in the state.
The body of a person was found in Keshari on the day of polling, where central forces have been sent after receiving information about the incident. The victim was beaten to death by unknown people. The Bharatiya Janata Party, however, has claimed that the saffron was a supporter. Family members of the victim said that he is not a supporter of any party.
The district administration has sent the report to the Election Commission but the full details have not been revealed. Electronic voting machines (EVMs) have also been reported to be defective from Ketromohl School under Kanthi assembly constituency, out of which four out of four machines have seen long queues of voters.
CPI (M) candidate Sushant Ghosh alleged that he was attacked while going towards the polling station in Salboni area of Jhargram. He said that his car was damaged.