Body of BJP neta's son found hanging from tree

Kolkata, Apr 18: A 22-year-old youth, whose father is a gram panchayat member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in West Bengal's Purulia district, was found hanging from a tree on Thursday, police said."Based on information, we recovered the body of Shishupal  on Thursday in Senabona village. He was found hanging from a tree. We haven't yet got any written complaint," a police officer said. He is  son of Sirkabaid Panchayat member.The BJP has blamed Trinamool goons for the youth's death.In another incident, the car of CPI-M leader and Raiganj sitting MP Mohammad Salim was allegedly vandalised by Trinamool Congress activists in West Bengal's North Dinajpur district on Thursday in the second phase of polling for the 2019 elections.Salim, also the Left Front-backed candidate in the Raiganj Lok Sabha seat, alleged that "goons" attacked his convoy on his way to a polling station in Islampur where the ruling Trinamool Congress supporters were allegedly engaged in vote rigging.The attack shattered the windscreen of Salim's white SUV. He sustained minor injuries."Trinamool backed miscreants gathered within 100 meters of a polling station in Islampur's Patagara. They were trying to intimidate the voters. When I tried to go to there, they attacked my vehicle," Salim said.He accused the state police of being silent spectators."The police is not taking any action against the Trinamool goons. Trinamool has planned to capture booths and rig the votes where the central force personnel are not deployed. They are stopping the legitimate voters," he alleged.Meanwhile, special police observer for West Bengal Vivek Dube on Thursday described the ongoing phase two Lok Sabha polls in the three constituencies as "more or less" peaceful, with "small incidents"."We are trying to do our best," Dube said as Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri and Raiganj went to the hustings.Asked whether polling was proceeding peacefully, Dube said: "More or less, yes. Small incidents will always occur. But there is no big incident which has occurred."He said in booth number 180 under the Chopra segment of Darjeeling constituency, villagers who had refused to vote unless central police forces were deployed, later exercised their democratic right under the protection of the security forces."In Chopra, those voters voted in the protection of the security forces. They were taken to the polling booth, and they voted," Dube added.

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