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Ginger Lawrence | 14 May, 2018, 12:52

As the crucial West Bengal Panchayat polls are now underway, the reports of heavy violence have been reported from at least four districts of the state.

In Dinhata area of Cooch Behar, 20 voters were injured after clashes broke out between two groups outside a polling station.

Polling, that began at 7 am will continue till five in the evening. The elections are being held in the shadow of charges of intimidation of opposition parties by the ruling TMC.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday urged people and political parties to participate peacefully and avoid rumours.

Majority of State's over six crore electors are expected to vote in the panchayat polls. The counting of all votes will take place on 17 May as decided by the State Election Commission.

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After West Bengal Development Minister Rabindranath Ghosh was caught on camera slapping a BJP polling agent when the voting for the panchayat polls was on in the state, the saffron party has demanded his immediate arrest. In the district's Namkhana area, the house of a CPI (M) supporter Debu Das was set on fire in the early hours of Monday morning.

The four were killed in separate incidents of violence in North 24 Parganas, Nadia, South 24 Parganas and Murshidabad districts. They also accused the ruling Trinamool for unleashing a reign of terror during the nomination process for the polls. Trinamool Congress worker Arif Ali Gaji allegedly succumbed to his injuries in South 24 Parganas Kultali after allegedly shot by SUCI workers. As panchayat polls get underway, many incidents of violence have been reported from different pockets of the state. The TMC has termed the allegations as baseless. The elections are being held for 621 zilla parishad seats, 6,157 panchayat samiti seats and 31,827 gram panchayats, PTI reported.

Amid reports of massive violence during West Bengal Panchayat elections, senior Trinamool Congress leader Derek O'Brien slammed those "deliberately trying to foment trouble".

The security personnel roped in from other states will aid around 46,000 personnel of the state police and 12,000 of the Kolkata Police, while the state government would use close to 2,000 security personnel from the departments of excise, prison and forests in manning the booths, an SEC official said.