4th phase Lok Sabha Voting marred by sporadic violenceSporadic violence mars the fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections which had a voter turnout of 57% of around 9.50 crore registered voters.
Four persons were killed–three of them in West Bengal and one in Rajasthan as stray violence erupted because of booth-capturing attempts and consequent police firing.
A member of a political party was reportedly shot dead in Nandigram in West Bengal.
A CPM 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.
One person, stated to be a CPM worker,was killed in an attack allegedly by Trinamool Congress at Amta of Howrah district after the polling. Amta CPM 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.
West Bengal, where 17 constituencies went to poll in the fourth phase, drew the highest voter turnout of 75 % followed by Punjab with 65%, Haryana at 63%, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh with 50% each.