West Bengal panchayat elections live: Violence mars rural polls killing 12, 50.52 per cent voter turnout till 3 PM

After the election dates were announced, several incidents of violence were reported from the state, claiming the lives of atleast 15 people.

At least eleven people were killed in West Bengal panchayat election violence since midnight, officials said.

Voting is underway across 73,887 seats in the state, which began at 7 AM.

Among those killed were five TMC members, and one worker each of the BJP, CPI(M) and Congress, and the supporter of an Independent candidate.

Besides violent clashes that injured several people, ballot boxes were destroyed in at least two polling booths.

About 5.67 crore people living in the state’s rural areas are eligible to vote.

At least 600 companies of central forces have been deployed for the elections along with around 70,000 state police.

There are 63,229 gram panchayat seats and 9,730 panchayat samiti seats in 22 districts,