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5 shot dead in election violence in West Bengal

  • Published at 12:29 pm April 10th, 2021
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Polling officials check election materials after collecting them from a distribution centre ahead of the first phase of West Bengal state assembly election, March 26, 2021 Reuters

Voting is being held in 44 seats in Bengal for the fourth phase of the state elections

At least 5 people have been shot dead in West Bengal's Cooch Behar after the activists of BJP and Trinamool Congress clashed amid polling.

The Election Commission has sought a report into the incident, NDTV reported on Saturday.

Voting is being held in 44 seats in West Bengal for the fourth phase of the state elections. 

Four more phases will be left after this. Results will be out on May 2.

According to the report, Trinamool Congress, in its complaint to the election body, said: "In Booth no 126 of Sitalkuchi, 5 people have been shot dead by the CRPF after BJP captured the booth."

The country's Election Commission has posted around 80,000 personnel from the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) to guard nearly 16,000 polling stations in the fourth phase.   The highest deployment of 187 companies of CAPF - with 100 personnel in each company -  is in Cooch Behar, the report added.