West Bengal: Body of a missing presiding officer of panchayat election found

Nellie Chapman
May 17, 2018

Killings, bombing and booth capturing by firearms wielding political goons turned West Bengal's three-tier panchayat polls into a bloodied affair on Monday as violence claimed 18 lives, according to a local television channel. The State Election Commission had ordered re-polling on Tuesday after demands by Opposition parties. A lot of people died because of violence created by Mamata Banerjee's party.

The Congress, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) and other parties of the Left Front also staged a protest outside State Election Commission in Kolkata against the incidents of violence. The counting will be held on May 17.

West Bengal panchayat polls LIVE updates: Voting is underway in 568 polling booths across 19 of the 20 West Bengal districts for the Panchayati Raj institutions that went to the polls on 14 May. "Free and fair election did not take place in my area", said Etajul, an independent candidate from Bhangore in South 24 Parganas district said to PTI.

The state Congress unit is also likely to file a contempt petition against state election commissioner, director general of police and additional director general of police. Contempt petitions should be issued against concerned police officers as their inaction on the polling day amounted to intervention with the administration of the court's order.

This happened as a result of people's agitation when the re-polling started late in booth number 36/37.

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"Re-polling would be held at booths where alleged rigging, ballot box looting and false voting were reported".

# Violence had broken out in North and South 24 Parganas, East Midnapore, Burdwan, Nadia, Murshidabad and South Dinajpur districts. No BJP worker was killed.

Tension erupted in Raiganj in North Dinajpur district where mutilated body of a polling officer Rajkumar Roy was recovered from the rail tack.

The Centre on Wednesday asked the West Bengal government to send another detailed report on the violence that broke out during the panchayat election on Monday.

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