Violence marks Bengal poll phase 3; final turnout 82.28%

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Kolkata, April 21: Sixty-two constituencies in four districts of West Bengal went to polls in the third phase of the ongoing Assembly election on Thursday, April 21.

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7.25 pm: Turnout till 5 pm: 79.22%

District-wise: Kolkata 57.05%, Nadia 81.62%, Burdwan 78.26%, Murshidabad 79.29%

7.15 pm: The EC has received 2,777 complaints and action has been taken in 2,322 of them.

6.57 pm: PM Modi lambasts Mamata Banerjee administration over deaths in poll violence at a rally in Howrah which will go to polling on April 25.

6.50 pm: EC orders filing of FIR against TMC candidate Abdur Rezzaq Mollah for his objectionable remark against BJP actor candidate Roopa Ganguly. [What Mollah said about Roopa Ganguly]

6.40 pm: Polling has concluded for phase 3. Final turnout results awaited.

5.30 pm: Whatever ECI is doing is not enough, polling at 30-40% places is not free and fair, says Babul Supriyo.

5.15 pm: TMC workers allege that Babul Supriyo entered the poll booth with a large group of people.

4.45 pm: Trinamool Congress has nothing to do with the Domkol incident, says Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. 

4.36 pm: Union minister Babul Supriyo faces protest by TMC men while going to cast his vote in Jorashanko constituency in north Kolkata.

4.35 pm: Turnout till 3 pm: 67.55%
District-wise: Kolkata 49.43%, Nadia 68.62%, Burdwan 70.55%, Murshidabad 70.32%

4.26 pm: Temperature now in the four districts going to polls: Kolkata - 37 degree Celsius, Nadia - 38 degree. Murshidabad - 37 degree, Burdwan - 37 degree 

4.25 pm: PM Narendra Modi slams Mamata Banerjee at a rally in Basirhat in North 24 Parganas district, which will go to polls on April 25.

3.37 pm: TMC leader who asked his supporters to hit EC with a shoe on its face gets arrested from Dum Dum 7 Tanks Road area. He was declared absconding after the police failed to trace him. The EC gave strict orders against him after he made the remark.

3.25 pm: Complaint lodged against 20 people in connection to the killing of a CPI(M) supporter in Domkol.

3.00 pm: Central force personnel stop man who allegedly tried to cast his ballot twice; latter injured in scuffle. This happened in Jamalpur constituency in Burdwan district.

2.35 pm: Turnout till 1 pm: 57.21%
District-wise: Kolkata 44.14%, Nadia 60.07%, Burdwan 58.74%, Murshidabad 58.06%

2.20 pm: Deputy Election Commissioner Sandeep Saxena calls up Bengal CEO Sunil Gupta to know about poll proceedings. He asked about the murder in Domkol and the absconding of a TMC leader in Kolkata.

2.05 pm: The EC has received over 1,500 complaints in today's phase so far.

1.55 pm: A total of 47 people have been arrested in Kolkata owing to poll-related offence today, according to Kolkata Police.

1.54 pm: Violence erupts in Mangalkot constituency of Burdwan; 4 TMC workers injured. The CPI(M) won this seat in 2011 by just 126 votes. [When Mamata regretted her birth in Bengal]

1.12 pm: TMC leader Anwar Khan who openly challenged EC today morning declared absconding after police fail to arrest him; cases have been filed. The police failed to get hold of Khan even after visiting his house.

1.07 pm: Media personnel attacked in various constituencies of Kolkata; the TMC has been accused.


12.47 pm: Temperature in four districts going to polls today: Kolkata - 37 degree C; Nadia - 37 degrees; Murshidabad - 38 degrees, Burdwan - 39 degrees

12.37 pm: Turnout till 11 am: 39.76%
District-wise: Kolkata 37.71%, Nadia 40.78%, Burdwan 37.33%, Murshidabad 42.99%

12.20 pm: Big police force under DC North and OC of Kashipur PC arrrives for TMC leader Anwar Khan's preventive arrest. The EC gave the order after Khan, who was under watch, asked his workers to hit the EC with a shoe. [Hit EC on its face with a shoe, says TMC leader under watch]

12.08 pm: More violence erupts in Domkol where one CPI(M) supporter was killed in the morning. Three supporters, two of the CPI(M) and one of the TMC, were shot at. [Mamata distances herself from tainted MLAs but backs accused MP]


11.25 am: The Murshidabad district authorities submit their report on the murder of Tahidul Islam in Domkol constituency in Murshidabad district. It has been said that Islam was neither a CPI(M) agent and nor was he killed in bombing or firing as his body bore weapon injury marks. 

10.42 am: TMC and CPI(M) candidates meet at a booth in Entally constituency in Kolkata. It's a peaceful election, says TMC's candidate and sitting MLA Swarnakamal Das. To this, Left candidate Debesh Das said if you drive the Opposition out, no wonder it will be peaceful. Saha, however, assured that he would personally look into the allegations of poll manipulation by the ruling party. 

10.36 am: Turnout till 9 am: 18.29%
District-wise: Kolkata 14.71%, Nadia 18.09%, Burdwan 17.01%, Murshidabad 20.53% 

10.27 am: Eleven people arrested in Beleghata constituency in Kolkata for trying to influence voters. 

10.18 am: Goons found openly brandishing weapons during polling in Burdwan district.


10.15 am: Three voters were injured in bombing and clashes in Ketugram constituency in Burdwan. Five persons were detained.

10.14 am: One of two TMC leaders kept under vigilance by the EC found openly challenging the panel. "Humiliate the EC and bring out voters," he was seen instructing somebody on phone.

10.00 am: TMC accused of chopping off voter's ear in booth No. 78 in Ketugram constituency in Burdwan constituency, say TV reports.

9.55 am: Mercury is expected to shoot up to 40 degrees Celsius in Kolkata around 2 pm.

9.48 am: Central personnel and Kolkata police officers remove outsiders from a booth in Jorasanko constituency in Kolkata. Voting resumes.

9.45 am: Daughter of murdered CPI(M) booth agent in Murshidabad is seen crying and asking: "Where is my father?"

9.27 am: EC has received over 200 complaints during the first two hours. However, it is yet not known what steps the panel has taken in the wake of the murder of a CPI(M) supporter in Murshidabad district.


8.55 am: EC seeks report on the death of Tahidul Islam in Domkol in Murshidabad. It is still not confirmed whether Islam was killed in bombing or bullet. 

8.38 am: Congress lodges complaint after TMC goons were accused of abducting two of its supporters in Hariharpara constituency in Murshidabad.

8.33 am: One CPI(M) booth agent has been killed in clashes in Domkol, Murshidabad. The victim was identified as Tahidul Islam. He was killed during bombing in a clash. The CPI(M) has lodged a complaint. [Bengal poll claims first life]

8.30 am: CPI(M) candidate of Domkol Anisur Rahaman accused of seeking votes on election day, say television reports.

8.12 am: Met office asks voters to cast ballots early; temperature is expected to shoot up in four districts going to polls today.

8.05 am: Media accuses central forces of stopping it from covering election procedure in Mangalkot in Burdwan district. In the previous phases, the media had shown the central force personnel engaged in other activities even as the ruling party cadres were accused of rigging election procedure.

8.00 am: TMC accused of beating up Congress supporters in Hariharpara constituency in Murshidabad. One injured Congress supporter admitted in hospital.

7.54 am: Voting hasn't yet started in Galsi constituency in Burdwan. The Opposition accuses the TMC of not allowing its polling agent.

7.50 am: Presiding officer falls ill in a booth in Beleghata. He has been replaced by another official.


7.45 am: EVM in booth No. 32 in Jorashanko constituency in Kolkata develops snag. Voting has stopped. Former BJP president Rahul Sinha is contesting against TMC's Smita Bakshi in this constituency.


7.41 am: Heavyweight Congress leader and candidate from Chowringhee Somen Mitra casts his vote.

7.30 am: Temperature in the districts going to polls now: Kolkata - 30 degrees C, Nadia - 33 degrees, Murshidabad - 33 degrees, Burdwan - 34 degrees.


7.22 am: Ruling TMC accused of stopping Left agents from entering the polling booth in Beleghata constituency in Kolkata.

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7.20 am: Major candidates in this phase are state ministers and Trinamool contestants Rabiranjan Chattopadhyay, Sashi Panja, Sadhan Pandey, Subrata Saha, former state minister and CPI(M) candidates Anisur Rahaman and Debesh Das, Congress legislature party leader Md. Sohrab and former state party president Somen Mitra and Ritesh Tiwari from the BJP.

7.00 am: Polling begins.

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