EC Imposes Section 144 In West Bengal’s Bhatpara To Control Post-Poll Violence

The Election Commission of India on Monday imposed Section 144 in West Bengal‘s Bhatpara Assembly Constituency in order to deal with the post-post violence.

Section 144 that prohibits the assembly of more than 4 people in an area is imposed for the indefinite time in the Assembly constituency that went to by-polls on May,19 during the seventh and the last phase of elections.

The Decision to impose Section-144 in the area comes a day after massive violence erupted in the Assembly Seat during the polling on Sunday between the workers of TMC and BJP.

Reportedly bombs were hurled during polling on Sunday.

The Bhatpara Assembly seat has fallen vacant after the sitting Trinamool Congress MLA Arjun Singh defected to the Bharatiya Janata Party and subsequently resigned. He is now contesting the Lok Sabha polls from Barrackpore Lok Sabha constituency in the 2019 polls.

Speaking about the details, Special Police Observer for West Bengal Vivek Dubey said at least 200 companies of security personnel have been deployed in the state keeping in mind the post-poll violence and counting of votes slated for May, 23.

‘At least 200 companies of Central Forces will be retained in the state to deal with any post-poll violence and to assist in the counting process slated for May 23, While 500 companies will be moving out of the state’, added Vivek Dubey.

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