Election Commission has barred the entry of politicians in Cooch Behar district for the next 72 hours to prevent any possible law and order situation.
The commission has also extended the silence period from 48 hours to 72 hours, for the fifth phase of polling in West Bengal after violence in Cooch Behar district. No campaigning will be permitted during 72 hours before the close of the poll in order to ensure the conduct of free, fair and peaceful elections.
West Bengal Chief Secretary and Director General of Police, District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police of Cooch Behar have been tasked for taking all necessary steps.
The poll body said that recourse to open fire by CISF personnel became absolutely necessary in a polling booth in Sitalkuchi constituency yesterday to save lives of voters lined up there, other polling personnel and their own lives as mob had attempted snatching their weapons. The Commission said it has received the report from special Observers Ajay Nayak and Vivek Dube in this regard.