Massive polling in last phase election in Bengal  

Seventy per cent votes were polled till 1 p.m. on Tuesday in the sixth and last phase of Assembly elections in West Bengal in 14 Maoist—hit constituencies spread over three districts amid tight security arrangements.

“While the overall voting in the 14 seats was 70 per cent, Midnapore and Bankura districts recorded an identical 71.70 per cent, whereas in Purulia it was 65.30 per cent,” Election officials said here.

“So far the elections have been peaceful,” the officials said.

Tight security arrangements have been made to ensure a free, fair and peaceful election in the 14 seats in the Maoist—affected Jangalmahal area spread over West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia districts.

Besides 41 para—military companies permanently stationed in the three districts to tackle Maoists, 614 additional companies have been deployed for the polls.

Helicopters were being used for aerial surveillance and to ensure co—ordination among ground forces. Special arrangements were made to avert any attempt by Maoists to subvert the polling process, police said.

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