Post Election clashes rock West Bengal

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Kolkata, May 15: A day after 12 persons were reportedly killed in widespread violence during the West Bengal Panchayat election, post-poll clashes continue to rock several parts of the state on Tuesday.

The state administration, however, claimed only six of those deaths were poll-related, State Election Commission (SEC) said.

“According to the report received from the state administration, 12 deaths are reported on the polling day on Monday. Among them six are poll-related deaths, while the rest were due to different reasons,” SEC Secretary Nilanjan Shandilya told IANS.

Post poll violence was reported from parts of Howrah where bombs were hurled in at least 20 houses during a clash between Trinamool Congress workers and BJP workers.

A few vehicles were also vandalised and set on a blaze.

Incidents of clashes and booth capturing were reported from pockets of South 24 Parganas, Durgapur, West Midnapore and Cooch Behar districts on Monday.

The single-phase Panchayat polls in the state on Monday witnessed a large-scale violence and clashes between opposing political outfits throughout the day despite the deployment of more than 60,000 armed personnel and 80,000 civic volunteers, guard close to 58,000 polling booths.

Voting for the rural bodies in West Bengal was slated to be held on May 1, 3 and 5, but as the nomination process commenced in April, it was rescheduled to May 14 by the SEC following a Calcutta High Court order to extend the nomination deadline and announce a fresh voting date.


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