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Polling ends in Bengal polls third phase

Kolkata, April 21 (IANS) Amid allegations of widespread violence including the death of a Marxist activist, polling came to end for the third phase of the West Bengal assembly polls in 62 seats spread across four districts on Thursday.

However, there were still many people in the queues outside polling booths in a large majority of the areas at 6 p.m. – the scheduled time for close.

The constituencies that went to polls included 22 in Murshidabad, 17 in Nadia, 16 in Burdwan districts and seven in north Kolkata.

As per the Election Commission, over 67 per cent turnout was recorded till 3 pm.

Tahidul Islam, a CPI-M activist was allegedly killed after being “attacked with bombs by Trinamool Congress goons near a polling booth in Domkal in Murshidabad district.

The administration, however, claimed Islam did not “die in any clash or bomb blast” but was murdered by unknown assailants and the body thrown near the booth.

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