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Voting continues amid heavy violence in West Bengal, five dead, many injured, arson and stone pelting

Pankaj Prasad
West Bengal Panchayat election
West Bengal Panchayat election

Panchayat election polling continues in West Bengal amid heavy violence.

Panchayat election polling continues in West Bengal amid heavy violence. There are reports of violence, arson, stone pelting at various places from across the state. There is a lot of tension spread across the state. Despite the deployment of police and central security forces in the state, there is fierce violence.

Voting has started for about 74 seats of the panchayat of the state at 7 am on Saturday. There are reports of violence everywhere from South to North Bengal. According to the information, so far five people have died and many are injured in the violence during the voting.

Babar Ali, a worker of the ruling party, was killed in a clash between Congress and Trinamool at Beldanga in Murshidabad. There is a lot of tension in the area after the violence. The Congress worker is hospitalized after being shot. A polling station in Cooch Behar has been vandalized and ballot papers looted as soon as polling begins. Similar reports are also coming from Diamond Harbour. According to information, there has been heavy bombardment in Manikchak of Malda and Jishard Tola of Gopalpur Gram Panchayat. One person has died in this. The name of the dead person has been told as Sheikh Malek. It has been reported that TMC workers have shot at an independent candidate in Hooghly.