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WB Panchayat Polls: Over 11% polling till 9 am

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Over 11 per cent polling was recorded till 9 am in the panchayat polls that was marked by sporadic incidents of violence in which several people were injured today, SEC officials said.

Reportedly, one person was killed and three others were injured in district's Tapan area after a bomb was hurled outside a polling station. The police are yet to confirm the death.

"We have received a report that four persons were injured. Out of them, one has died. The is yet to confirm the death," an SEC said.

The said that 11.93 per cent polling was recorded till 9 am.

Less than three hours after polling began, the (SEC) received complaints of violence from several districts. It has asked the police to take action, SEC officials said.

Reports of violence have been received from North 24 Parganas, Burdwan, and South 24 districts, they said.

In district, allegedly slapped a person outside a polling booth.

The SEC said it has received a complaint and asked authorities to take action.

Televisions channels showed the purportedly slapping the person. However, Ghosh claimed he did not do it.

In the Dinhata area of north Bengal's district, at least 15 people, including voters, were injured after clashes broke out between two groups outside a polling station, sources said.

The voters later lodged a police complaint.

In North 24 Parganas, the BJP accused the ruling (TMC) of letting loose a reign of terror in several parts of the district, especially in the Amdanga area.

SEC sources said a few people were injured in clashes that broke out between two groups in Amdanga.

said TMC workers were not involved in the incident and accused the BJP of terrorising the voters.

In Burdwan district, opposition CPI(M) and BJP accused the TMC of terrorising voters and hurling bombs outside polling stations. The TMC termed the allegations as baseless.

In Birbhum, masked men carrying weapons and sticks were seen intimidating voters outside some of the booths.

Television footage from Basanti block of South 24 district showed masked gunmen roaming outside polling stations.

In the Bhangar area of the same district, police resorted to lathi-charge and lobbed tear to disperse a crowd, following clashes, the said.

The SEC has asked the police to submit a report regarding the incident.

After a protracted legal battle in the and the involving the SEC, the TMC and the opposition parties, the three-tier panchayat polls is being held in the state.

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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 11:15 IST