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

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

The state government and the police have been asked for extended security arrangements so that repolling is held in a free manner, the SEC officials said.

ANI/status/996605601500168194Two days after violence during the West Bengal Panchayat elections claimed 14 lives in the state, re-polling at 568 booths in 19 districts began amid high security on Wednesday.

The State Election Commission had ordered the re-poll, following complaints of violence during the polls on Monday. The area had witnessed the killing of a person and arrest of a TMC leader on the direction of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee ahead of the poll.

The West Bengal panchayat election results will be declared on Thursday.

"Re-polling would be held at booths where alleged rigging, ballot box looting and false voting were reported". There were reports of isolated clashes on Wednesday as well, when re-poll took place in as many as 573 booths.

Counting of votes for the panchayat polls will be held on May 17.

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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.

The state election commission declined to comment on Ray's death.

Declaring re-polls in 573 booths was not easy for the commission as the state government did not want to give its nod to such a large number.

The booths, where re-polling is taking place, include 63 in Murshidabad, 52 in Coochbehar, 28 in West Midnapore and 10 in Hooghly among others.

In North 24 Parganas, a CPI-M worker was killed during clashes while two others were injured.

While the voter turnout was reportedly 75 percent, widespread violence, including bombing and efforts of booth capturing by political goons, were reported across the state since morning. There were also reports of violence from Malda's Ratua, Uttar Dinajpur's Raiganj, and from Amdanga in North 24 Parganas district. "Everyone knows BJP workers created disturbance during the polls, threatened everyone".

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