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Over 80 pc polling recorded in 8 LS seats in Bengal

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Over 80 per cent turnout was recorded in eight constituencies in Sunday, according to the

There was a decline in poll percentage in West Bengal, from 84.95 per cent in the previous election to 80.35 per cent, the poll panel said.

However, the EC stated that the figure was provisional and a final tally will be released later.

Till 5 pm, Tamluk seat recorded the highest voter turnout at 82.99 per cent, followed by Bishnupur (SC) at 81.90 per cent and Jhargram (ST) at 81.68 per cent, a senior of the state CEO's office told

Ghatal recorded 80.35 per cent, Kanthi 80.06 per cent, Purulia 78.64 per cent, Medinipore 78.17 per cent and 75.68 per cent, he said

"Except some incidents of disturbances in Keshpur, polling was mostly peaceful. We have sought reports from district officials about the incidents," the said.

The eight constituencies are spread across five districts.

BJP's Ghatal candidate and former IPS was attacked when she tried to enter a polling booth in Keshpur.

Ghosh's convoy was also targeted when locals started throwing stones and hurling bombs after she tried to enter another polling station in Keshpur.

One of her security guards was injured and a vehicle was damaged.

It was also alleged that a was injured in the firing by Ghosh's security officers within 100 metres of a booth at Dugachia in Keshpur.

ADG (Law and Order) S N said an FIR was lodged against Ghosh and her security personnel for their alleged involvement in the firing of four rounds.

He said another FIR was lodged against and Medinipur candidate for creating disturbances, causing law and order issues.

The said another suo-motu FIR was lodged against some people for creating violence and disturbances at two booths in Keshpur.

Central forces also allegedly opened fire during a clash at Bhagabanpore in Sabang area in which two persons were injured, said.

The forces also opened fired in incidents at Mayna, Jhargram's Gopiballavpur and Kalabagan in Bishnupur in order to control the situation, added.

Sixteen persons were arrested in connection with different incidents of violence in which at least 26 people were injured. Three suffered bullet injuries, he said, adding that 16 vehicles were damaged.

The CEO's office sought a report after Ghosh was seen making a video inside a polling booth at Pikurda in Keshpur.

Ghosh's vehicle was again blocked by locals when she tried to enter Keshpur market.

The personnel, posted in the area, intervened and her vehicle was seized.

"Her vehicle has no valid pass to move around the area on polling day. We cannot allow her to move around like this. It is a matter of security," a said.

After the seizure of her vehicle, a large number of protestors gathered there and she took shelter inside a temple in Keshpur market along with her security officers guarding her.

The mob also threw stones at the policemen who resorted to lathicharge to disperse them.

Owners of shops in the market downed shutters.

Ghosh was then taken to station for protection.

BJP's also faced protests from locals when he tried to visit a polling booth in his constituency, Medinipore.

Hours after the polling was over, the late Sunday night transferred district Dr S and brought in Mukta Arya.

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First Published: Mon, May 13 2019. 00:00 IST