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Kolkata: With widespread violence already claiming several lives as Bengal is voting for the Panchayat poll today, a public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Calcutta High Court holding Mamata Banerjee government and the State Election Commission (SEC) responsible for the deaths.

The PIL has been filed by advocate Supratik Chatterjee and the same has been admitted for hearing by a division bench led by Chief Justice Jyotirmoy Bhattacharya. The matter is likely to be taken up by the court tomorrow.

In his petition, Chatterjee has argued that despite pledging to the High Court about proving adequate arrangements for the safety and security of the voters and the polling personnel, SEC and the state government have summarily failed in the same. The overall exercise has turned out to be a farce and this amounts to deceiving the court and the people of Bengal.

It may be noted that while clearing the SEC’s decision to hold the Panchayat poll on 14 May, the division bench headed by the Chief Justice had on 10 May directed that compensation shall have to be paid for the loss of life and property on the voting day.

The compensation will be recovered from the salary and properties of those state government officials who have furnished reports about adequate security arrangements for the vote.

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