Republic TV has reported that their crew was allegedly attacked by TMC goons for exposing the violence taking place during the ongoing general election.
— Republic (@republic) April 29, 2019
According to Republic TV, their journalist Shantashree, who was reporting from Asansol along with their video journalist were travelling where TMC goons allegedly attacked the car with lathis and broke the window. She said that they were following BJP MP Babul Supriyo’s car which triggered them and they attacked them. As per the report, media vehicles which are following BJP leaders’ cars are being targeted.
The goons also allegedly hurled abuses towards the media persons and were chased away when they tried to report. Earlier in the day, the TMC workers allegedly attacked Supriyo’s car in Asansol and vandalised it.
Over and above the Republic TV crew, India Today’s crew was also allegedly attacked by TMC goons and their journalist Manogya Loiwal manhandled.
— India Today (@IndiaToday) April 29, 2019
Bengal continues to remain one of the most violent states when it comes to poll violence under Mamata Banerjee led TMC government. Continuing the trends of political violence and intimidations during the 2019 Lok Sabha election have continued in West Bengal as crude bombs have been found at a polling booth in Krishnanagar, West Bengal and also bombs have been recovered from a polling booth in Santipur, Nadia district.
The fourth phases of Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal have been mired in controversy as sporadic instances of violence have been reported throughout the state just as the first three phases of elections. Threats, intimidations, bomb attacks, proxy voting have also been recorded in some of the Lok Sabha constituencies in West Bengal during the third phase of Lok Sabha elections.