A Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader has triggered a controversy as he directed party workers to destroy houses of independent candidates who are contesting in the ongoing panchayat polls in the West Bengal state.
TV footage showed him also asking supporters to hurl bomb on policemen.
"If independent candidates threatens you then damage their houses. Set fire to their houses," TMC Birbhum district president Anubrata Mondal said while addressing a rally on Wednesday.
"If you see the administration is supporting the independents then you should hurl bombs at the police and the administration," he said.
The second phase of the polls have already witnessed violence which left three people dead on Monday.
In the second phase of the five-phase panchayat polls in West Bengal three districts of East Midnapore, Hooghly and Burdwan witnessed balloting.
In the third phase on July 19, polling will be held in Howrah, North 24 Parganas and South 24 Parganas.
Nadia, Murshidabad, Malda and Birbhum will go to polls in the fourth phase on July 22.
On the last phase on July 25, polling will be held in Jalpaiguri, Cooch Behar, North Dinajpur and South Dinajpur districts.
Polling in West Bengal began on July 11 with the Maoist affected districts of Purulia, Bankura and Paschim Midnapore (West Midnapore).