Violence during West Bengal panchayat polls takes many lives

Nine people were killed and 50 were injured in major violence that swept across West Bengal during the panchayat elections on Monday.

Instances of bomb attacks, booth capture, Electronic Voting machines set on fire, and attacks on media, were reported from eight districts.

The first death reported was from Amdanga in North 24 Parganas, the last from Nandigram. The Trinamool Congress, which rules the state, said that two of the people killed were supporters of the party.

Since Sunday, a total of 11 people have been killed. Two of them were were locked in their house and burnt alive. 20 people were injured in a low-intensity blast at a polling station at Shuktabari.

In Burdwan district, the opposition parties accused the Trinamool workers of hurling bombs outside polling stations.

Panchayat polls are an important sign of current political swings in the state.

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