Violence In West Bengal Panchayat Polls, Media Vehicle DamagedUpdated: May 14, 2018 10:58 IST
Soon after the polling began in the West Bengal panchayat elections on Monday morning, violence was reported from various parts of the state. Twenty people were injured in a low-intensity blast at a polling station in Cooch Behar district. After several incidents of pre-poll violence and weeks of back and forth in court over security for candidates who wanted to file nominations, over five crore people in West Bengal are voting in the panchayat polls. Since filing of nominations began on April 2, opposition parties in the state, including the CPM, BJP and Congress, claimed that many of their candidates could not file their papers due to what they called Trinamool's "terror tactics", an allegation the ruling party has denied.