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Cooch Behar: A polling official has died in Cooch Behar soon after returning home from the Panchayat election duty yesterday.

The deceased Subhrakumar Dey was a teacher by profession and was deployed at a polling booth at his native Sitai block jurisdiction.

After performing the election duty, Dey had submitted the ballot box to the distribution-cum-receiving centre (DCRC) at Sitai yesterday evening. With no vehicle available at the DCRC to ferry polling personnel back to their homes, Dey walked along the local river bank and reached home late in the evening.

Soon after this, he fell ill. Family members rushed him to a nearby hospital where a CT scan was performed on him. But even before the doctors could initiate a treatment, Dey breathed his last at the hospital.