Polling begins in Nandigram
The CPI-M cadres are alleged to have jammed booths in three villages of East Minapore district, while polling for the first phase is peaceful in four other districts.Updated: May 11, 2008, 11:19 IST
The CPI-M cadres were alleged to have blocked supporters of Trinamool Congress from casting votes at three villages of trouble-torn Nandigram in East Minapore district, while polling in the first phase of civic elections was peaceful in four other districts on Sunday.
"CPI-M cadres have jammed booths in the villages of Takapora, Kamalpur and Sonachura. Voters are being intimidated so that they do not venture out to cast votes," TC leader Sammad told PTI.
He said they had been pleading with the CRPF personnel for help.
"We have faith in the CRPF personnel only, but they are not being allowed to work properly here. If it continues, election here will turn into a farce," Sammad said.
However, CPI-M leaders claimed that so far election in Nandigram had been peaceful and they had requested voters and party memebrs to show restraint.
Apart from trouble-torn Nandigram, elections to panchayat institutions began amid tight security in Maoist-hit areas of Purulia, Bankura and West Midnapore districts and Bardhaman.
Deputy Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) West Bengal Raj Kanojia said in Kolkata that special security arrangement, including deployment of CRPF personnel, had been made at Nandigram.
Accroding to Kanojia, paramilitary personnel had intensified partolling in the trouble-torn area since last night.
"So far polling is going on peacefully in all the five districts," he said.
In the first phase, polling is being held in five of 18 districts. Second and third phase of polls would take place on May 14 and 18.