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CISF firing kills four in Bengal: EC bans political visits to Cooch Behar, extends ‘silent interval’ for part 5 polls to 72 hrs – India News , Firstpost

According to PTI, the incident occurred when a fast response staff of the CISF allegedly got here beneath assault throughout a safety patrol and a toddler was injured within the commotion

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The Election Commission on Saturday put in place sure restrictions, together with extending the “silence period” from 48 hours to 72 hours, for the fifth part of polling West Bengal after violence within the Cooch Behar district.

It additionally barred the entry of politicians in Cooch Behar district for the following 72 hours to stop any doable regulation and order flare-up.

Besides, candidates will not be allowed to canvass door to door 72 hours earlier than the top of the polling hour as a substitute of the standard 48 hours previous to the conclusion of the train.

“The Election Commission of India further directs that the silence period for phase 5 (i.e. for polls scheduled on April 17) shall be extended to 72 hours and no campaigning shall be permitted during 72 hours before the close of the poll in order to ensure the conduct of free, fair and peaceful elections,” an EC order stated.

The silence interval is usually for 48 hours.

The order additionally stated that in Cooch Behar, comprising 9 Assembly constituencies (AC Numbers 1 to 9) the place voting will likely be over by Saturday, no political chief from any nationwide, state or one other social gathering must be allowed to enter the geographical boundaries of the district for the following 72 hours.

“This comes into force with immediate effect,” the ballot panel stated.

The resolution got here after 4 folks have been killed within the district as central forces opened hearth allegedly after they have been attacked by locals who “attempted to snatch their rifles” in Sitalkuchi in the course of the fourth part of voting on Saturday.

The Election Commission ordered stopping the voting train at polling station quantity 126 after the incident the place a repoll will likely be held later.

According to PTI, the incident occurred when a fast response staff (QRT) of the CISF allegedly got here beneath assault throughout a safety patrol and a youngster was injured within the commotion.

According to a PTI report, all of it began round 9.35 am when a CISF staff, led by an Inspector-rank officer, was inspecting the Jor Patki space of Sitalkuchi constituency collectively with the native police to “clear the elements which were resisting” the voters from reaching the polling sales space no 126 at Amtali Madhyamik Shiksha Kendra and different areas close by.

The safety personnel intervened to cease a crowd of about 50-60 folks, and within the commotion, a toddler fell down.

After this, some “miscreants” attacked the four-wheeler carrying the CISF fast response staff (QRT) and the personnel on-board, PTI quoted sources as saying.

With inputs from PTI

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