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Centre asks Bengal to explain violence during panchayat polls

IANS  |  New Delhi 

In the wake of violence during the panchayat elections in on Monday that left at least 10 dead, the has sought a report from the state government, an said.

At least 10 people were killed and more than 50 injured by 7 p.m on Monday in the violence during the three-tier institutions' elections in

"has sought a report from the government in view of the violence during panchayat elections," a senior said.

The (SEC) said the polling percentage was 73 at the end of voting, though the numbers would go up since 4.5 lakh voters were still queued up across the state.

A youth was beaten to death as he tried to enter polling premises in district, while a Trinamool activist was shot dead in South 24 district's Kultali, the police said.

The claimed that one of their activists was killed in a bomb attack in North 24 district's Amdanga.

Three deaths were reported from Murshidabad, while two were killed in East Midnapore's Nandigram. Two persons lost their lives in and North Dinajpur districts.

However, of Police Surajit Kar Purkayastha said that the death toll and violence was "far lesser than in the past".

More than 60,000 armed personnel from West Bengal and neighbouring states were deployed for the panchayat polls. As many as 80,000 civic volunteers were also deployed to guard the polling centres.



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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 21:56 IST