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Panchayat poll violence in West Bengal claims six lives

Panchayat poll violence in West Bengal claims six lives

Violence was reported from various parts of West Bengal, as the polling for the single phase panchayat elections is underway today.

In Dinhata area of Coochbehar district in North Bengal, a few voters were injured after clashes broke out between two groups outside a polling station, the sources said.

The voting will start at 7 a.m. and will continue till 5 p.m.in 621 zilla parishads, 6157 panchayat samitis, and 31827 gram panchayats. The ruling trinamul Congress, the BJP, the Congress and the Left Front in the state have charged the allegations against each other on the violence during filing nomination papers for elections.

However, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee did not campaign, She appealed to the people of Bengal to vote in support of her government's development works. Before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Panchayat elections following in the state is the last big election for opposition parties. The incident, which reportedly took place in the presence of police, was caught on cam.

Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday appealed to all political parties to ensure free and fair panchayat polls on Monday before stressing that the administration would do its best to maintain peace on the voting day.

A CPI-M worker and his wife were killed after their house was set on fire in South 24 Parganas.

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Violence were reported from Howrah and already clash-hit Bhangar in South 24 Parganas as well.

Recalling the 90s, O'Brien said that around 400 people were killed in poll violence under CPM rule in the state.

The SEC is conducting the panchayat election. Trinamool Congress worker Arif Ali Gaji allegedly succumbed to his injuries in South 24 Parganas Kultali after allegedly shot by SUCI workers.

The opposition had accused the ruling TMC of letting loose a reign of terror during the nomination process.

Around 46000 personnel of West Bengal Police, 12000 of Kolkata Police will get support from around 1500 security personnel from other states. The TMC termed the allegations as baseless.

The filing of nominations, which was held from April 2 to April 9 and then again on an extended date on April 23, was marked by violence and clashes between the ruling TMC and opposition parties that led to several deaths. "We have taken strict step against Arabul despite him being a candidate of the Zilla Parishad, because we felt that the matter was not right", she said.