Eight People killed in Pre-Poll Violence, 41.51% Voting Till 1 PM

Howard TerryMay 15, 2018

Eight Killed: The Panchayat elections in West Bengal turned so violent that eight people have been killed in the widespread violence in the state.

Nilanjan Shandilya, secretary at the state election commission, said 72.5% of voters had cast their votes until 5pm, and there were still an estimated 700,000 voters standing in queues outside polling booths.

The party appears to have acknowledged this reality: In the local body elections Monday being held on 38,529 of the total 58,692 seats, the BJP is aggressively contesting in 28,162 seats, the highest after the Trinamool Congress.

Incidents of malpractices were also reported, including looting of ballot boxes from polling booths in Murshidabad.

Two out of the 13 people - one in Gopalpur in Coochbehar and the other at Tehatta in Nadia - died trying to prevent the AITC and the Opposition from entering into a clash.

Two deaths were reported from Murshidabad district, and another from Nadia.

In North-24 Parganas, the BJP accused the Trinamool of letting loose a reign of terror, especially in the Amdanga area.

He said 41.5%polling was recorded till 1 pm.

People armed with sticks reportedly stopped people from voting and in some instances even drove off the election officials out of the pooling booths.

Television channels showed Ghosh slapping the person.

Twelve people were killed yesterday in clashes between rival political groups vying for village council seats in eastern India, police said. One person was hit on the head with a knife and one lost his finger, police said. Of the three bombs, two were found on railway tracks, RPF sources said. The latest incident happened on Friday in Bhangar in South 24 Parganas district, where a supporter of an independent candidate was shot dead. ATMC win is nearly confirmed and yet the ruling party is asserting to such violence which has surprised people all over the state.

In Keshpur of West Midnapore, lathicharge was ordered by as police chased men who were allegedly threatening voters. The election commissioner and ADG (law & order) should be removed from their position.

Chakraborty was rushed to the hospital and ASP (HQ) A Sarkar visited the spot, he said.

17 people were killed in Bengal's panchayat election violence. "Allowing TMC to get away with throttling democracy has implications well beyond West Bengal", Yechury said on Twitter.

The Trinamool Congress has termed the allegations "baseless and concocted". The administration has taken steps in all the cases.

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