The Election Commission of India on Saturday has said politicians will not be allowed entry in the Cooch Behar district of West Bengal for the next 72 hours. The decision came after violence in the district in which Central Security forces shot down five people allegedly TMC workers.
The district has seen some of the worst violence in the state during the polls. It has also extended the silent period for the fifth phase of elections to 72 hours. The fifth phase of polls will be held on April 17.
Mamata Banerjee was scheduled to visit the district on Sunday to meet those who were injured in the firing.
The TMC has also announced protests across the state against the incident. Former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha who joined the TMC said the EC was not being fair in stopping TMC leader Banerjee from visiting Cooch Behar which was her right as the CM of the state.
The incident in Cooch Behar
Five people were killed by the Central Industrial Security Force that opened fire at a mob at a booth in Sitalkuch in the district. The EC said the security forces had to open fire to save their lives.
The EC said it was a misunderstanding as the locals mistook a sick boy being helped by CISF as a case of the security personnel injuring the boy. Soon a crowd gathered and they allegedly also tried to snatch the weapons of the security personnel.
Later polling was stopped at the booth. The TMC had accused the BJP of being behind it.
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