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Diamond Harbour: A Trinamool supporter has died following a clash with SUCI activists at Kultali in South 24-Parganas district. The incident has taken place at Balir Char village under Kultali police station area.

Balir Char village was tense due to the rivalry between Trinamool and SUCI ever since the voting started for the Panchayat poll at 7 am this morning. Several smaller face-offs took place at almost every hour over Trinamool allegedly trying to capture polling booths in the area.

As the day grew, the face-offs escalated into a bloody fight with cadres of both the parties attacking each-other. During this, a Trinamool supporter named Arif Ali Gazi was shot allegedly by SUCI cadres. Gazi died on being taken to a nearby hospital.

His death escalated the situation further as angry Trinamool cadres launched an attack on SUCI cadres and their houses in retaliation. With the situation taking a fiery turn, a large posse of police personnel rushed in from Kultali police station and contained the violence.

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