WB polls: 1 killed, 71 pct turnout

Last Updated: Thu, Jul 25, 2013 19:02 hrs

At least one person was killed in violence as around 71 percent of turnout was witnessed till 5 pm in the fifth and final phase of the panchayat polls in four districts of West Bengal on Thursday.

Voters on Thursday decided the fates of nearly 28,591 candidates in Cooch Behar, South Dinajpur, Jalpaiguri and North Dinajpur districts.

While Cooch Behar witnessed 70.43 percent polling, Jalpaiguri registered 70.37 turnout. In North Dinajpur the turnout was 63.17 percent while in South Dinajpur it was 78.5, officials told IBNS.

An election official also told IBNS that long queues were seen till late in the night and the polling percentage is likely to go above 80 percent.

Local media reports said that one Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) supporter was killed in Trinamool Congress (TMC)-CPI-M clash in Itahar area of North Dinajpur.

The slain worker was identified as Abdul Aziz while five others were critically injured in the attack.

Congress and CPI-M workers clashed in North Dinajpur district´s Raiganj area.

Reports said that a CPI-M MP Mahendra Kumar Roy could not cast his vote as he was dragged out of the polling station by TMC workers.

At least eight supporters of an independent candidate were injured in Cooch Behar district, reports said.

According to reports, four Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) members were injured during a clash with TMC workers in Jalpaiguri district.

Incidents like booth capturing, proxy voting have been alleged by the opposition parties from different corners of the districts where voting took place.

All four phases of the polls had witnessed violence which claimed several lives so far.

Eight people were killed and 18 injured, including four children as the fourth phase of the West Bengal Panchayat elections concluded on Monday in four districts with around 74 percent voter turnout, officials said.

Polling in West Bengal began on July 11 with the Maoist affected districts of Purulia, Bankura and Paschim Midnapore (West Midnapore).

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