WB Panchayat Polls: Ballot Box Set On Fire

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Jalpaiguri: As reports of poll violence continues in West Bengal Panchayat elections, a ballot box was burnt outside a polling booth in Rajganj block in Jalpaiguri district on Monday.

Locals said that miscreants entered Tamantola school polling booth, brought outside the ballot box and set it on fire. Voting was stopped in the booth after the incident.

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Election officer Shilpa Gauri Saria, on receiving the complaint, asked officials to close the polling booth. The much-awaited West Bengal panchayat polls began at 7am on Monday.

The voting will continue till 5 p.m. in 621 zilla parishads, 6157 panchayat samitis, and 31,827 gram panchayats. The counting will take place on May 17.