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Bengal will have to compensate any panchayat poll victims: HC

Kolkata: Holding the West Bengal government liable for any loss of lives and property due to violence during the upcoming panchayat polls, the Calcutta High Court on Thursday said the state will have to pay compensation in such cases.
Disposing off a petition moved by the Congress seeking quashing of the single-phase panchayat polling date on May 14 on grounds of inadequate security arrangements, a division bench of Chief Justice Jyotirmay Bhattacharya and Justice Arijit Banerjee said it was up to the State Election Commission to decide the date.
The bench said whenever the election took place, it should be held in a free and fair manner.
The court's direction came after hearing the petitioners and respondents and taking stock of the deployment of armed forces on the polling day by the state government.

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