Uncontested wins: SEC seeks reports
KOLKATA, 14 JUNE: In the wake of around 5,259 panchayat seats going uncontested for the first phase panchayat polls to be held on 2 July, mostly in favour of the ruling Trinamul Congress, the State Election Commission (SEC) has sought reports from district magistrates of seven south Bengal districts that have thrown up a maximum number of uncontested candidates. The SEC tonight hinted that in the absence of adequate security for the polls, it might increase the polling phase from three to four and there could be even multiple-phase voting in a district. “But this is a matter that is to be decided with due permission from the High Court,” SEC secretary Tapas Ray said this evening.  sns
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Prof falls on tracks, loses foot
KOLKATA, 14 JUNE: A professor of Jadavpur University slipped and fell on the railway tracks near Palbazar station at Jadavpur and before he could rise a train ran over his right foot. Prof Gupinath Bhandari, with his right foot severed, lay unconscious on the spot for over half-an-hour as a crowd gathered there, but none came to his help. The incident took place this morning when the professor of the Civil Engineering department, on his way to JU, was crossing the tracks. sns
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