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"The decision by the poll panel has certainly gone a long way to vindicate Opposition claims of foul play on an unprecedented scale on Monday", said a senior state official.

Re-polling in 568 booths across West Bengal from where the State Election Commission (SEC) had received complaints of violence during the panchayat poll, began on Wednesday amid tight security. The total percentage of poll was finally put at 82.13, according to the election commission. A lot of people died because of violence created by Mamata Banerjee's party.

More than 60,000 security personnel from West Bengal and neighbouring states were deployed for the panchayat polls. "So the commission made a decision to order repolling in all such booths where irregularities took place", said a source.

SEC official confirms that the re-polling will start at 7 am in the morning and will end at 5 pm.

Of the 58,000-plus seats in the state, more than 38,000 were up for contest.

Why was re-polling ordered on Wednesday?

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Colleagues of the deceased alleged that Rajkumar Ray, who was acting as a presiding officer at a booth in Raiganj, was on Monday evening abducted by unknown miscreants trying to rig the polls.

The state Congress unit is also likely to file a contempt petition against state election commissioner, director general of police and additional director general of police.

# Violence had broken out in North and South 24 Parganas, East Midnapore, Burdwan, Nadia, Murshidabad and South Dinajpur districts. "Innocent party workers, not only of the BJP but of other parties too, were killed", he said.

Violence was reported from Howrah and Bhangar in South 24 Parganas as well.

Twelve people were killed on Monday in clashes between rival political groups vying for village council seats in eastern India, police said. "The number could well have reached 1,500 if the poll officials had factored in other incidents like proxy voting and rigging", he added.

The ministry of home affairs also sought a report from the state government regarding incidents of violence during Panchayat Election in the state.

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