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Seven killed in fourth phase of Bengal panchayat elections

Seven people were killed and three children injured, as a few incidents of violence marred the fourth phase of the West Bengal panchayat elections on Monday.

Malda, Birbhum, Nadia and Murshidabad – went to polls in the fourth phase of election. As voting continued into the evening, a person was killed as CRPF jawans resorted to firing to curb violence in Malda’s Ratua. A woman, caught amidst political clashes in the booth premises, lost her life in Murshidabad’s Beldanga. Two persons, who were missing since Sunday night, were found dead this morning in Birbhum’s Mayureswar area.

Three children were critically injured in Malda’s Kaliachak in bomb blasts. All the three children were taken to the hospital and one of them is said to be critical.  A TMC supporter in Murshidad’s Islampur and father of an independent candidate near Bolpur sustained bullet injuries. Three Trinamool Congress supporters were injured in a clash with the Congress workers at Swaruppur village in the district, it said.

Apart from the first phase of polling in the Naxalite-prone districts of Purulia, Bankura and West Medinipur, which saw only sporadic violence, incidents of political clashes have only escalated over the days. Earlier in the second and third phase three and five people were killed respectively in political violence in the poll-bound districts, taking the death toll during the rural poll to 15.

So far as the voter turnout is concerned, Nadia, Birbhum, and Murshidabad recorded an averge 75 per cent polling till 5 pm. Voter turn out at Malda, on the other hand, was about 67 per cent. The last phases of polling is scheduled on 25 July in the districts of Cooch Behar, Jalpaiguri, North Dinajpur and South Dinajpur and counting will take place on 29 July. (With PTI inupts)
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