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Violence mars Bengal civic polls

Violence mars Bengal civic polls
PTI
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First Published: Sun, May 30 2010. 10 18 PM IST
Updated: Sun, May 30 2010. 10 18 PM IST
Kolkata: Workers of the Trinamool Congress (TC) and the Communist Party of India (Marxist), or CPM, clashed on Sunday during the civic elections in West Bengal, which recorded a voter turnout of around 65% amid sporadic incidents of violence.
The polls, which are being seen as a semi-final before the 2011 assembly elections, were held in 81 civic bodies and the 141-ward Kolkata Municipal Corporation.
In Burdwan, nine people, including two policemen and a TC candidate, were injured in clashes in Jamuria municipality. The police said the two sides clashed while voting was on at Sripur. When they reached the spot, stones were thrown at them and two of their jeeps were damaged.
Saikat Ray, officer-in-charge of the Sripur police station, and another policeman were injured, as was TC candidate Sadhan Chandra Ray.
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First Published: Sun, May 30 2010. 10 18 PM IST