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𝑭our people were killed as CISF personnel allegedly opened fire after coming under attack from locals who "attempted to snatch their rifles" outside a polling booth in West Bengal's Cooch Behar district on Saturday.

"As per preliminary reports, four persons were killed as CISF personnel opened fire after coming under attack by locals in the area," Bengal ADGP said.

According to sources, the incident took place at the polling booth in Sitalkuchi at around 10:00 am when a Quick Response Team (QRT) were allegedly attacked by unidentified persons.

"The clash broke out while the team, along with local police representatives, were clearing the public who were reportedly preventing voters from reaching polling booths. During this, a voter fell down and unidentified miscreants started to damage vehicle of QRT. Following this, five rounds were fired by the security personnel. Further matter is being ascertained by the Mathabanga police under Cooch Behar district," sources said.

Reacting to the incident, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee said "worst fears have come true".

"We have been saying that the home ministry has been influencing the central forces and our worst fears have come true today. They have killed four people," Mamata Banerjee said.

EC SEEKS REPORT

Following the violence at the polling booth, the Election Commission has sought a report within an hour from DEO Cooch Behar.

"We have received information that a person was shot dead outside a polling booth in Sitalkuchi in Cooch Behar district. We have sought a report from the micro-observer as soon as possible and the returning officer was called up to know about the situation," an election official said.