Kolkata, Apr 10 UNI | 4 months ago

One person was killed and 313 were injured in 326 incidents of violence related to campaigning and poll clashes in West Bengal over the past one month, the Election Commission today said.

Election Commission Officer-on-Special duty Amit Choudhury said property worth more than Rs 2.50 lakh was also damaged since Lok Sabha election was announced on March five.

Mr Choudhury said 105.9 kg of explosives, 2,433 cartridges, 964 illegal arms and 4,952 bombs haf been seized in the state so far. 'The number of arms licences deposited stand at 24,762 while 2,771 have been impounded. A total of 174 licences have been cancelled,' he said.

In all 44,146 non-bailable warrants have been executed, while 27,045 are pending. The excise department has initiated 7,497 cases and made 380 arrests, while 2.5 lakh litres of liquor worth Rs 21,36,920 has been seized. The official said in addition to the one election agent as permissible by law for each candidate, the panel can now appoint an additional 'authorised nominee' to monitor the process of election in large parliamentary constituencies.

'Such nominees will not have the legal status of election agent but may represent the candidates for meeting officials and perform non-statutory functions on behalf of the candidate,' he said.

(Posted on 10-04-2014)