The first four hours of polling in Purulia and parts of West Midnapore and Bankura districts in Bengal witnessed no violence in the Assembly election polling in West Bengal.
However, the Congress and the Left parties lodged around 200 complaints with the Election Commission, alleging that with central forces absent in many booths, the Trinamool Congress was using its workers and civic police volunteers to influence voters inside polling stations.
The Opposition also alleged that several polling booths had been taken over by force at a remote area in Salboni, West Midnapore.
It was alleged that in Panchdanga in the Raghunathpur area of Purulia district and Taldengra area of Bankura, state police personnel entered polling booths and inquired about percentage of polling. When journalists asked the presiding officers why policemen were allowed inside these booths despite strict instruction from the EC, they said they were not aware of any such guidelines.
Although the Chief Election Commissioner and other members of the EC said during their visits to the state that Central forces would be present outside every booth in the state, they were conspicuous by their absence at several booths, the Opposition alleged.
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