Repolling for panchayat elections in 568 booths across 20 districts in West Bengal is under way on Wednesday amid tight security. At least 18 people were killed in violence on Monday during panchayat elections.
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The State Election Commission on Tuesday had ordered re-polling in in 10 booths in Hooghly district, 28 booths in West Midnapore, 52 booths in Coochbehar, 63 booths in Murshidabad, 60 booths in Nadia, 59 booths in North 24 Parganas, 55 booths in Malda, 73 booths in Uttar Dinajpur and 26 booths in South 24 Parganas district, among others.
The West Bengal Police and personnel of the Rapid Action Force baton charged voters on Wednesday in North Dinajpur district’s Goalpokhar area, ANI reported. The voters had agitated against the delay in beginning the voting process.
The state government and the police were asked to make elaborate security arrangements to ensure voting is held in a free and fair manner.
West Bengal: Rapid Action Force (RAF) & police baton charged on people in Uttar Dinajpur district's Goalpokhar as a crowd-control measure after the people agitated when the voting process for #PanchayatElection re-polling started late in booth no. 36/37 pic.twitter.com/WPQpBa6oFx— ANI (@ANI) May 16, 2018