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68% turnout in WB panchayat repolls, voting more or less peaceful: Official

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Around 68 per cent was recorded in the repolls held in 572 booths across districts today and the polling has been more or less peaceful amidst tight security arrangements, a said.

The repolls in these booths were held following reports of widespread violence during the panchayat polls on Monday which had claimed at least 12 lives.

"Around 68 per cent polling was recorded. There are people still standing in the queue. The repoll has been more or less peaceful," a senior said.

"Initially, we had earmarked 568 booths but later on increased it to 572 booths," the said. The counting of votes will take place tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the body of a booth presiding who went missing on the polling day on May 14 has been found beside the railway tracks in district, police said.

They said the body of Ray, 33, was found from Sonadangi area near here beside the railway tracks last night. The cause of the death would be known after the postmortem, they added.

The State Election Commission, however, feels the death may not be related to poll violence.

Several polling officials today blocked the Raiganj-Kaliaganj Road for around two-hours demanding a thorough probe into the death.

Reports from district said a voter died at Baishnabnagar area after he fell ill while standing in the queue.

At Bhangar in South 24 Parganas, the police arrested several bike-borne miscreants for allegedly intimidating voters. The area had witnessed the killing of a person and arrest of a on the direction of ahead of the poll.

The opposition protested against the selection of booths for the repolling.

"The SEC did not order repoll in those booths where we saw the TMC letting loose a reign of terror. Repolling has been ordered in those booths where TMC candidates might lose the polls," CPI(M) central committee member said.

The BJP said they had demanded repolling at 2,300 booths across the state.

"In today's repoll too there were incidents of violence and in few places police acted swiftly. We had demanded repolling in 2,300 booths, but the SEC conducted repolling only in 572 booths," state said.

The TMC leadership expressed satisfaction over "free and fair" polls conducted by the SEC.

"The people have voted freely and fairly. The opposition does not have any base. They just wanted to create trouble to score some political brownie points," TMC said.

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 19:30 IST