CPI(M)-TC clash during West Bengal civic polls
Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and Trinamool Congress (TC) workers clashed Sunday during the West Bengal civic polls, which recorded a high voter turnout of around 75 per cent.
The polls, seen as a semi-final before the 2011 Assembly elections, were held in 81 civic bodies and in the 141-ward Kolkata Municipal Corporation involving an electorate of 85 lakh.
Counting of votes will take place on June 2.
State Election Commission chairperson Meera Pandey said that re-poll was likely to be ordered in two booths in Kolkata.
Altogether 45 arrests were made in the districts and the city for indulging in violence.
A voter received bullet injuries when a Tripura police constable reportedly opened three rounds of fire at a polling booth at Patuli in South 24-Parganas district.
The injured, identified as Bapi Dhar, earlier had an altercation with the policeman and was rushed to a hospital, IGP (law and order) S Purakayastha said.
The Tripura Police personnel were manning the booth located at Kendua Girls' High School at Patuli which falls under Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacharjee's Jadavpore Assembly constituency.
An inquiry will be ordered into the incident, the IGP said.
In Burdwan, nine persons, including two policemen and a Trinamool candidate, were injured when Trinamool and CPI-M activists clashed during polling at Jamuria municipality.
Police said the two sides clashed while voting was on at Sripur in Burdwan district. When the police reached the spot, stones were thrown at them damaging two of their jeeps.