Watch: WB panchayat polls — Ballot box looted at gunpoint in Malda

WION Web Team
Malda, West Bengal, IndiaUpdated: May 16, 2018, 02:14 PM IST
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Unidentified miscreants escape with a ballot box from polling booth no. 76 in Malda's Ratua, also brandish a gun. Photograph:(ANI)

Brandishing a gun, unidentified miscreants, on Wednesday, escaped with a ballot box from polling booth no. 76 in Malda's Ratua during the re-polling in the Panchayat elections.

This adds to the long list of violent incidents that have erupted in the ongoing polls in the state, with at least 12 people have lost their lives so far.

Earlier today, incidents of bombing and attacks with sharp weapons surfaced in Murshidabad, resulting in two Trinamool Congress workers sustaining injuries. Following the incident, allegations were levelled against the Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPIM) for jointly attacking the TMC.


In Uttar Dinajpur district's Goalpokhar, the police officials baton-charged on people, exercising a crowd-control measure, as they were agitating following delay in the voting process.

Following sporadic violence during the West Bengal panchayat elections on May 14, 568 booths in the state are undergoing repolling today.  


Elaborate security arrangements have been made by the state government and police to ensure free and fair polling, a State Election Commission official said. 

Repolling has been ordered in 10 booths in Hooghly, 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, 26 in South 24 Parganas, among others.