Election beat

Four held for attacking EC officials in Bengal

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
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  • Updated: Apr 11, 2014 08:11 IST

All four Trinamool Congress supporters including the son-in-law of a minister named in the FIR lodged in connection with the assault on Election Commission (EC) officials in north Bengal were arrested on Friday.

Cracking the whip, the EC, earlier in the day, had directed the West Bengal Police to arrest all persons named in the FIR and send the compliance report by 5pm. Two of the arrests were made minutes before the deadline.

Minister Sabitri Mitra's son-in-law Tinku Sarkar and the three others arrested are accused of beating up EC officials, who were trying to record a video clip of a motorbike rally of the party on Thursday. The assaulters also broke the camera of the EC team.

Bike rallies comprising more than 10 vehicles are prohibited under the EC's guidelines. The incident took place at Manickchowk, which is under south Malda parliamentary constituency.

Three persons were arrested on Thursday in connection with the incident which took place just a week before the state goes to polls.

The attack in Malda came against the backdrop of Trinamool supremo and Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee targeting the EC in a series of campaigns after eight officials, including superintendents of police and district magistrates, were transferred by the poll panel.

They were accused of acting in favour of the Bengal's ruling party.

Earlier, EC officials were allegedly attacked by Trinamool supporters in Howrah and Habra.

Watch video: TMC workers attack EC officials in Malda

 

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