WB panchayat polls: 41.51% voter turnout recorded till 1 pm

West Bengal: Stage set for Panchayat polls tomorrow amid tight-security

West Bengal: Stage set for Panchayat polls tomorrow amid tight-security

Reports of clashes and booth capturing were received from pockets of South 24 Parganas, West Midnapore and Cooch Behar districts.

One person was reportedly killed and three others were injured in South Dinajpur district's Tapan area after a crude bomb was hurled outside a polling station.

In north Bengal's Jalpaiguri, Minister in-charge of north Bengal development, Rabindranath Ghosh, was accused of slapping a Bharatiya Janata Party polling agent and forcing him out of the polling premises.

Kolkata: At least ten people have been killed and several others injured after violence and clashes was reported from various parts of West Bengal as the polling for the single phase panchayat elections is underway today. Congress supporters alleged that Trinamool supporters captured booths. The residents have alleged that they were attacked by TMC workers when they went to the polling booth to cast their booth. Several people had died in the clashes during filing of nominations.

Of the three bombs, two were found on railway tracks, affecting movement of trains, RPF sources said, adding that the bomb squad has been informed.

CPI (M) district secretary Shamik Lahiri named some people claiming that those goons of the Trinamool Congress had assaulted party worker Debaprasad Das and his wife Usha and then set the house afire. In Birbhum, masked men carrying weapons and sticks were seen intimidating voters outside some of the booths.

In Bagda in North 24 Parganas, miscreants allegedly stormed a poll station and tried to stamp ballot papers. "Forensic experts have been called", Sundarbans Coastal police district SP Tathagata Basu said. The SEC has asked the police to submit a report regarding the incident. Trinamool Congress worker Arif Ali Gaji allegedly succumbed to his injuries in South 24 Parganas Kultali after allegedly shot by SUCI workers.

"The residence of Debu Das of Budhakhali Gram Panchayat in Namkhana was allegedly torched by the Trinamool Congress workers on Sunday midnight", a Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) member told IANS. The top leaders of all parties have campaigned in this election.

# 02:23 PM: West Bengal Panchayat Poll: Ballot box being retrieved from a pond in West Bengal's Sonadangi. They also accused the ruling Trinamool for unleashing a reign of terror during the nomination process for the polls. The voting, which began at 7 a.m. on Monday morning, will continue till 5 p.m.in 621 zilla parishads, 6157 panchayat samitis, and 31,827 gram panchayats. In the 20 zilla parishads, 203 of the 825 seats were uncontested, the SEC said.

As many as 1,54,500 policemen, including Bengal police, civic volunteers and cops from the Sikkim, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have been deployed to ensure peaceful voting.

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