Six persons were killed in West Bengal on Tuesday in the cycle of violence that has engulfed the state’s panchayat polls.
A day after eight people were killed during the fourth phase of the rural polls, five died in Murshidabad district in post-poll political clashes. In neighbouring Birbhum district, a person who was shot on Sunday succumbed to injuries.
Two Congress supporters, two CPI(M) workers and an activist of the ruling Trinamool Congress were among those killed. The toll might rise because more than 50 people from the three parties were injured in the clashes.
The parties continued blaming each other for the bloodshed in which children too were injured.
The second and third phase of polling had seen eight killings. The fifth and final phase of polling is on July 25.