New Delhi: At least four persons were killed - three of them in West Bengal and one in Rajasthan - as stray violence, police firing and booth-capturing attempts marred the fourth phase of polling in Lok Sabha elections which saw a turnout of 57% of nearly 95 million voters.
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A member of a political party was reportedly shot dead in Nandigram in West Bengal but there was no official confirmation of this, deputy election commissioner R Balakrishnan told reporters here.
A CPI(M) worker was killed in a bomb attack by unidentified persons in Jangipur, where Congress stalwart Pranab Mukherjee is in fray and a voter was killed and eight persons, including three policemen, were injured in Asansol Lok Sabha constituency in Burdwan district when armed men opened fire.
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One person - stated to be a CPI(M) worker - was killed in an attack allegedly by Trinamool Congress at Amta of Howrah district after the polling. Amta CPI(M) MLA Prattyush Mukherjee claimed the deceased was his party activist.
One person was killed when paramilitary personnel opened fire to prevent a mob from capturing a booth at Olwara village in Rajasthan’s Sawaimadhopur district.
Despite the violence, West Bengal, where 17 constituencies went to poll in the fourth phase, drew the highest voter turnout 75%, followed by Punjab (65%), Haryana (63%), Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh (50% each).