First phase of WB panchayat polls underway

UPDATED ON JUL 11, 2013 01:40 PM IST
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The polling for the first of the five-phase panchayat polls in West Bengal started on Thursday. The polls are being held in the three Maoist-hit districts of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia, under intensive security arrangements with helicopters keeping vigil from the air and the central paramilitary troopers manning every polling booth.

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