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The Calcutta High Court stated today that if the slaughter continues, the Panchayat elections in Bengal should be halted. The matter being heard in court was the removal of the names of candidates running for office.

Justice Amrita Sinha voiced her outrage at the reported widespread violence in the state. “Panchayat elections have been violent. If the bloodshed continues, the election should be halted, added Justice Sinha.

In the South 24 Parganas, North Dinajpur, Murshidabad, and Bhangar experienced significant violence, according to reports from Bengal, when candidates for the panchayat elections submitted their nominations. In the violence, at least four people have passed away.

On the second day of nominations, the Indian Secular Front (ISF) and Trinamool Congress (TMC) activists engaged in the biggest fights in South Bengal’s Bhangar. Bhangar witnessed everything, including explosives being thrown and gunshots being fired.

Massive violence broke out at Bijayganj Bazaar in Bhangar Block 2 on June 15, the final day for nomination filing, when vans and automobiles were set on fire. In the fighting, a TMC employee and an ISF member died.

Miscreants opened fire on a Left-Congress gathering in North Dinajpur’s Chopra, critically wounding three persons.

On June 15, there was also reported violence in Murshidabad when a local TMC leader passed away from his wounds a few hours after being attacked as he was walking home. Mojammel Sheikh, the TMC leader, was attacked in Nabagram as he returned home after submitting his nomination paperwork.

Mamata Banerjee, the chief minister of Bengal, commented on the events and said that the violence in Bhangar, Bengal, was in’retaliation’ for the Indian Secular Front (ISF) inciting the Muslims and vandalising vehicles nearby. She argued that her party was not engaged in the other violent occurrences, though.

Written By – Smrutiman Anantveer Mohanty, College Name: – Army Law College, Pune, Intern under Legal Vidhiya


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