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Violence rocks West Bengal, UP, Rajasthan, J-K

Kolkata/Mathura/Srinagar, May 7 (ANI): Several incidents of violence were reported from West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir during the fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections on Thursday.

In West Bengal, one CPM worker was reportedly killed in the Jangipur Lok Sabha constituency from where incumbent External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee is contesting.

According to reports, activists of the CPI-M and the Congress are engaged in clashes across West Bengal’s Murshidabad District. There has been a report of a street explosion as well as sporadic incidents of stone pelting.

Earlier, at least one activist of the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC) was killed and two Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) activists were injured in clashes outside a polling booth in Nandigram.

Police confirmed incidents of bomb throwing, ransacking and looting.

Similarly, in Rajasthan, one person was killed in police firing after an attempt to capture a booth at Olwara village in Sawai Madhopur District.

An independent candidate received minor injuries when some unidentified persons pelted stones at his convoy near Bhadarej village polling booth, 15 kms from Dausa district headquarter.

In Jammu and Kashmir, scores of protesters clashed with government troops in Srinagar.

The protesters chanted slogans against the elections.

Security forces fired tear gas to disperse at least one group of rock-throwing protesters.

Agitated voters from a village near Mathura in Uttar Pradesh smashed windowpanes of several cars belonging to the relatives of a poll candidate who were allegedly distributing money and solicit votes.

The villagers alleged that relations, supporters of Shyam Sundar Sharma, a candidate of the Bahujan Samajvadi Party (BSP) were trying to bribe the electorates with money.

Expressing their anguish, the villagers damaged windowpanes of the cars in which the public figures and others had arrived.

Policemen reached the spot and dispersed the mob and took candidates’ brother and other supporters to a safer place. (ANI)

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