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Five killed in poll-related violence in Bengal; 33.98 per cent turnout till 1115 hrs

The Election Commission (EC) has asked for a report from special police observer over the firing incident.

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Kolkata: At least five people were killed in North Bengal in poll-related violence even as the fourth phase recorded 33.98 per cent turnout till 1115 hours in West Bengal on Saturday.

At least four people were killed in Sitalkuchi in Cooch Behar district after CISF allegedly opened fire at them after coming under attack amid voting for the fourth phase of Assembly elections in West Bengal.

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A first time voter, identified as Ananda Burman, aged 18-20, was also killed when a group of miscreants artmed with guns and bombs attacked him in voters’ line at Paglapir booth under Sitalkuchi in Cooh Behar disttrict, even as the 4th phase polling for 44 assembly seats in five districts of West Bengal was underway.

The Election Commission (EC) has asked for a report from special police observer over the firing incident.

Locals claimed central forces opened fire. CISF personnel allegedly opened fire after coming under attack from locals, who ‘attempted to snatch their rifles’

Dola Sen of Trinamool claims deaths in Cooch Behar due to firing by central forces.

“Central Forces opened fire twice. In Block 1 of Mathabhanga (Cooch Behar) 1 was killed and 3 injured, in Sitalkuchi block, 3 were killed and 1 injured. Central Forces are doing injustice to people and they have crossed limits. When CM called them out, EC issued her notices,” alleged Dola Sen .

Combat force and local police used baton and lathis to disperse a warring mob of the TMC supporters and rival BJP after the shooting incident which hit the victim’s back while he was fleeing following a chase by the miscreants.BJP leader Locket Chatterjee’s car attacked by locals in Hoogly during the fourth phase poll.

Bomb squad defuses country-made bombs found by police last night in Nanur, Birbhum district

Several allegations of obstruction and intimidation reported from Coochbehar and Howrah

BJP’s Kasba candidate Indranil Khan was allegedly heckled and stopped from entering booth. Khan also claimed houses of BJP supporters were ransacked and party men threatened

Following Khan’s complaint a Trinamool worker has been arrested.

Reports of bombs being hurled in Golabari region of North Howrah constituency.

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