Despite having heavy security in the Nandigram area, Trinamool Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have traded allegations of violence.
One of the incidents occurred before polling started in the area, Uttam Dolui a Trinamool Congress worker was allegedly stabbed to death in West Bengal's Paschim Medinipur district. He was at a local club in Hariharpur in the district's Keshpur area along with a few others when around 10-15 people allegedly attacked him with sharp weapons, police said. His family alleged, BJP goons, attacked him to increase the tension in the area to which BJP denied the charges saying, they’ve got no reason to resort to violence, as they’re confident about winning.
The second incident, which also took place in the district of Medinipur, on the day of casting votes. A BJP worker, Uday Dubey, was found hanging at his home in the Bhekutia area of Nandigram, in West Bengal's Purba Medinipur district. The incident triggered tension in the area, which has a history of political violence.
BJP leaders alleged, that he was under a lot of stress, due to the threats he received from TMC, after attending Mithun Chakraborty roadshow, who campaigned in the area, in support of BJP candidate Suvendu Adhikari.
TMC goons are behind this, states the members of BJP However, the TMC leader has dismissed the allegations, saying, “ Dubey killed himself, due to family problems.”
Police said a case of unnatural death has been lodged, and the exact cause could be ascertained after receiving the post-mortem report. An investigation into the incident is underway and central forces have been deputed in the area to control the situation. Nandigram is under heavy security cover with prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC being clamped in view of the high-voltage contest between Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her former aide, Adhikari.