Poll violence has so far claimed eight lives in West Bengal and left 959 people injured in 1,004 incidents, an Election Commission official said today.
While one person died in Nadia district in the month of March, the second death took place at Jalangi in Murshidabad district in early April, followed by the third death in Birbhum and fourth at Manikchak under Malda district, OSD in the CEO's office Amit Roy Chowdhury said here.
Apart from these, two persons died in the state on April 26, the sources said adding Prahlad Roy of CPI(M) died in a clash at Ghatal in West Midnapore, while Amitabha Panja of Trinamool Congress died in a clash at Hatgobindapur in Burdwan district. The seventh and eighth death were reported from West Midnapore district late last month in two different incidents of clashes under Keshpur and its adjacent area, the OSD said.
Over 40 persons were arrested in these incidents of violence, which were either attack on election personnel by a political party or clash between two major political parties, in different parts of the state, he said.
To a question, Roy Chowdhury said so far ten persons have been arrested in connection with an attack on a presiding officer at Sonamukhi in Bankura district during the fourth phase polling yesterday. Trinamool Congress local MLA Dipali Saha entered this booth with her supporters without any permission from the EC and an FIR was lodged against her as well.
Roy Chowdhury said in a statewide drive against illegal arms ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, huge quantity of illegal arms and ammunition were seized. The Income Tax department has so far seized over Rs seven crore unaccounted cash. Smuggled gold worth Rs 2.82 crore was also seized. The Excise department has so far seized over four lakh bulk litres of illicit liquor valued at Rs 3.7 crore, he said.
The CEO's office has received 1,087 complaints so far of which 466 were from the CPI(M) alone. However, most of the complaints were addressed by the Commission, Roy Chowdhury claimed.