Amid violence and heat, 79% voter turnout in phase 3 of Bengal polls

Phase three of West Bengal Assembly election saw a 79 percent voter turnout till 5 pm on Thursday. The turnout in Murshidabad was 79.29 percent, Nadia 81.62 percent, Burdwan 78.26 percent and Kolkata (North) 57.06 percent. AFP

Security personnel check voters before they are allowed inside polling booths. Election Commission officials received 2,777 complaints, including of violence, voter intimidation and disruption of the poll process. Reuters

Indian Christian nuns from the Catholic Order of the Missionaries of Charity queue as they wait to cast their votes for state assembly elections inside a polling station in Kolkata on April 21, 2016. State assembly elections in West Bengal are taking place in five phases from April 4 to May 5. AFP

Nuns from the Missionaries of Charity wait in a queue to cast their votes inside a polling station in Kolkata on Thursday. Assembly elections in West Bengal are taking place in six phases from 4 April to 5 May. AFP

Indian police check a car next to a polling station as state assembly elections were underway in Kolkata on April 21, 2016. State assembly elections in West Bengal are taking place from April 4 to May 5. AFP

Kolkata police check a taxi next to a polling station on Thursday. Incidents of violence were reported in parts of Murshidabad, Nadia, Kolkata and Burdwan districts. AFP

Indian voters wait beside a security official as they prepare to cast their votes for state assembly elections inside a polling station in Kolkata on April 21, 2016. State assembly elections in West Bengal are taking place in five phases from April 4 to May 5. AFP

West Bengal recorded a high voter turnout on Thursday in the phase three of Assembly election. Polling in the fourth, fifth and sixth phases will be held on 25 and 30 April and 5 May. AFP