Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) elections saw sporadic incidents of violence being reported as a few people suffered injuries after crude bombs were hurled outside polling centres. The voter turnout recorded was 52.17 per cent till 3 pm on Sunday.
A couple of incidents of hurling of crude bombs were reported in the city’s Sealdah and Khanna areas. Police personnel rushed to the spots to bring the situation under control, according to a State Election Commission official.
“A total of 52.17 per cent of total votes were polled till 3 PM. Polling has by and large been peaceful barring a few incidents. Two incidents of hurling of crude bombs outside polling centres were reported,” the election commission official was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
Contrary to SEC’s claims that only one person was injured, cops said three people were injured, of whom one lost his leg. Cops arrested 72 people so far for disturbing law and order during polling.
The ruling TMC national general secretary, Abhishek Banerjee promised prompt action if any ruling party leader is found to be involved in violence during the polls.
“We don’t support any form of violence, and strict action will be taken within 24 hours if any TMC leader is found to be stopping the process of free and fair polls. I would request the media to come out with related footage and evidence (if available),” Banerjee told reporters after casting vote.
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