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HC's notice drawn to panchayat poll violence

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Alleging widespread violence and deaths during the panchayat polls today, a showed videos to the of the and prayed for summoning the (SEC) and the state to ensure a peaceful election.

A division bench of J Bhattacharya and Justice Arijit Banerjee, before which the presented his mobile phone for the judges to view video clippings of the alleged violence, however, refused to summon the SEC or the

The claimed to have recorded the video clippings from television channels.

Refusing to entertain the verbal plea, the court told lawyer to file a petition if he wished to, incorporating the details of his claims.

Roy claimed before the bench in the afternoon that there was violence during the polls since morning, leading to the death of six persons, and prayed that the SEC and the be summoned immediately to ensure a peaceful election in the last few hours of polling.

He claimed that the violence was being perpetrated, despite the high court's directions to the SEC and the to take steps to ensure a peaceful election.

The bench had, on Friday, said the SEC and state officials would be personally held liable and that they would have to pay compensation if the loss of life and property in today's panchayat polls was higher than that in the 2013 election.

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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 19:20 IST