Five dead in poll violence in India’s West Bengal state

At least five people were killed in election-related violence in India’s West Bengal state on Saturday, officials and news reports said. The eastern state, which has Kolkata as its regional capital, is witnessing a tough battle between the ruling Trinamool Congress and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party. The clashes, which were reported in West Bengal as the state voted in the fourth phase of elections, triggered a blame game between the rival parties. Four people were killed in the Cooch Behar district when security forces guarding a polling booth opened fire, allegedly aft…

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