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India’s election riots have left 14 ruling party employees dead and 80,000 people fleeing their homes

India's election riots have left 14 ruling party employees dead and 80,000 people fleeing their homes

Indian People's Party Chairman Nada (screenshot)

May 6 2021, Violent riots have occurred in West Bengal, India, following local elections, Indian media reported On May 5. The head of India’s ruling party says 14 workers have been killed and 80,000 forced from their homes in the conflict.

Nada, chairman of the ruling Bharatiya Novosti party, condemned “violent murder after the election results were announced,” according to the Press Trust of India (PTI). He claimed that 14 Indian Party workers had been killed and some 80,000 people had fled their homes during the violence.

According to Nada, many villages in the state were looted and destroyed, forcing people to flee to the neighboring state of Assam to seek refuge. In addition, there have been vicious incidents of assault and sexual assault of women in many places.

On May 2nd, local time, the results of the West Bengal elections were announced, with the grass-roots Congress party beating the Indo-Chinese Party by a clear margin, winning 213 of the state’s 292 seats. Shortly after the results were announced, there were violent clashes in the area, with staff from both parties being targeted, their homes and houses destroyed, and the two parties accusing each other of inciting violence.

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