Sun, 21 Jul 2013 11:45:00 GMT | By PTI

Bombings, arson, killings on eve of Bengal panchayat polls

The Chief Minister has appealed to the voters to exercise their franchise peacefully and accused the CPM of instigating people to indulge in violent acts

Three Congress workers killed in West Bengal (© Reuters)

Behrampore: Three Congress workers were killed ahead of Monday's fourth phase of panchayat polls in four districts of West Bengal and at least 100 houses vandalised and looted in South 24-Parganas district on Sunday.

There was no let up in bombings, arson and clashes in the five-phased panchayat polls that began on July 11. While the fourth phase will be held tomorrow, the final phase will be on July 25.

Police said two Congress workers, Nurmohhamad Sheikh and Ahad Ali, were killed after being hit by crude bombs late last night hurled by rival party workers at Kapasdanga in Murshidabad district, one of the four districts going to polls tomorrow, the other three being Nadia, Birbhum and Malda.

Another Congress worker Repon Sheikh met a similar fate at Bharatpur in the same district during a clash between rival party supporters, police said. The district also witnessed sporadic incidents of clash, including hurling of bombs and stone pelting, leaving several injured including two policemen in the Kapasdanga area.

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