Kolkata, Apr 6 (PTI) Following are the top stories of the Eastern Region at 5 pm.

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CAL 25 WB-POLL-LD PM Didi asking Muslims to vote for her, reflects minority votes slipping away: Modi Cooch Behar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's appeal to Muslims to vote en bloc for TMC reflects fears that minority votes are slipping out of her hand.

CAL 19 WB-POLL-MAMATA BJP men forcibly occupying booths, attacking TMC activists and candidates: Mamata Kalchini: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday claimed BJP activists were forcibly occupying polling booths and attacking TMC members, including party candidates, and asserted that she would not get bogged down by such 'intimidatory tactics'.

CAL 5 WB-BJP-DEATH BJP supporter's wife killed in Bengal's Goghat Goghat: The wife of a BJP supporter was allegedly killed in West Bengal's Hooghly district, hours before polling began in the area, police said on Tuesday.

CAL 6 WB-POLL-EVM EVMs, VVPATs found at TMC leader's home, poll official suspended Uluberia: Four EVMs and a similar number of VVPATs were found at the house of a Trinamool Congress leader in West Bengal's Howrah district, following which a poll official was suspended, a senior officer said on Tuesday.

CAL 8 TR-POLL-COUNCIL Tripura tribal council polls underway amid heavy security Agartala: Elections to the 30-member Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC), which governs two-third of the northeastern state's territory, was underway amid heavy security on Tuesday, a senior official said.

CAL 20 AS-POLL-SITUATION Polling underway peacefully in Assam, booths showcase different themes Guwahati: Polling was underway peacefully amid tight security at the 40 assembly constituencies in Assam where voters were exercising their franchise in the final phase on Tuesday, officials said.

CAL 23 WB-POLL- TMC CANDIDATES TMC candidates allege assault by BJP men, saffron party denies charge Arambagh: Clashes were reported from several parts of Bengal, where polling is underway in the third phase of assembly elections, with TMC candidates Sujata Mondal and Nirmal Majhi alleging that they were heckled and assaulted by BJP workers, a charge denied by the saffron camp.

CAL 24 AS-POLL-FIRST-TIME VOTERS First-time voters in Assam thrilled to be part of democracy Guwahati: First-time voters in Assam displayed their enthusiasm by queuing up in large numbers before polling stations, much before the third phase of the assembly polls began on Tuesday, with the momentum continuing.

CAL 28 OD-VIRUS-RESTRICTION COVID-19 negative report must for Jagannath Temple visit; Odisha's tally mounts to 3,43,856 Bhubaneswar: The district administration in Odisha's Puri, where the iconic Shree Jagannath Temple attracts lakhs of visitors, on Tuesday made it mandatory for travellers from five states to produce COVID-19 negative certificates in view of spiralling cases, an official said.

CAL 30 WB-POLL-LD-SITUATION Sporadic violence reported, candidates attacked in third phase of Bengal polls Kolkata: Sporadic violence was reported and some candidates were attacked during the third phase of West Bengal assembly elections on Tuesday, even as 68.04 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 3 pm, officials said. PTI RG RG