Violence in WB is destruction of democracy: Yechury

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee addresses the media at CM's office in Howrah

In Dinhata area of the district, at least 15 people, including voters, were injured after clashes broke out between two rival groups outside a polling station, police said.

General Secretary Sitaram Yechury on Monday said no condemnation was strong enough to denounce the barbarity which West Bengal witnessed to ensure TMC's desperate bid to capture cent per cent elected Panchayat bodies of the state.

Around 70,000 State police personnel along with 80,000 civic volunteers and 1,500 police personnel from Assam, Odisha, Sikkim and Andhra Pradesh will be deployed for the rural polls.

In Birbhum, masked men carrying weapons and sticks were seen intimidating voters outside some of the booths. Television footage from Basanti block of South 24 Parganas showed masked gunmen outside polling stations.

Later a video of vehicles being vandalised in Raniganj area of Asansol during voting for Panchayat Polls in West Bengal also surfaced. It remains to be seen what will be the next directive from the court since the key condition of holding the polls on May 14 itself was flouted. A home ministry official said the state government has been told to provide a detailed report on the circumstances leading to the violence and the steps taken to restore peace and punish those involved in the violence.

However, if the figures cited by the Opposition are added, the casualties this time during the entire poll process rise to 49 - far higher than the 25 recorded five years ago. "We are not sure whether the SEC will work impartially and order re-polling".

The Supreme Court has now asked the SEC not to issue winning certificates in case of the uncontested seats. "I demand President's Rule in West Bengal". "AITC workers threatened the poll officials to stop their work". At Polerhaat in Bhangor, Arabul's people were pitted against the supporters of the Jomi Jibika Bastutantra O Poribesh Raksha Committee.

In North Dinajpur district, three crude bombs were found near a polling booth at Galaisura, around 3 km from district headquarter Raiganj, police said.

In Bilkanda, which is in the North 24 Pargana district, BJP candidate Raju Biswas has been stabbed in the stomach. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee yesterday urged the people of the state to not fall for "fake news".

The export-import activities between Bangladesh and India through Benapole port remained suspended on Monday following the Panchayat elections in West Bengal, India. The whole incident was caught on camera.

"Now eight killings have happened and it included the murder of a CPM worker and wife, who were burnt to death".

"CPI (M) and BJP are now so desperate that they are even ganging up with Maoists to kill/shoot/stab three Trinamool workers in different incidents in #Bengal today". Another Trinamool worker, Arif Ali Gaji, was killed inside a Kultali polling booth; the Trinamool accused the SUCI, which denied the charge. The Rajya Sabha MP also alleged that both the BJP and the CPI (M) had joined hands with the Maoists.

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