Bombs, Ballot Box-Burning : 12 Dead, 42 Injured

Bombs, Ballot Box-Burning : 12 Dead, 42 Injured

A day after Mamta Banerjee's allegations of having death threat and a political party conspiring to kill her by hiring contract killers, violence has marred the West Bengal Panchayat polls. The panchayt polls held in West Bengal today witnessed massive violence resulting in death of at least twelve people and injuring 42 people. Yet, 73 per cent of the electorate turned out to cast their vote, said the Election Commission.

Despite tight security arrangements in which 60,000 security personnel from West Bengal and other states were deployed, violence broke out in North and South 24 Parganas, East Midnapore, Burdwan, Nadia, Murshidabad and South Dinajpur districts.

Polling booths were mainly targeted during the violence after clashes broke out between Trinamool Congress supporters and opposition party workers. Crude bombs were also hurled near several polling stations.

Opposition parties accused the ruling Trinamool Congress of unleashing a reign of terror and destroying democracy. However, the TMC downplayed the violence, saying it was far less compared to the previous rule of the Left.

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