India's Election Commission curtails campaign after violence

A woman wets the head of a child during an election rally addressed by Trinamool Congress leader and Chief Minister of West Bengal state Mamata Banerj

A woman wets the head of a child during an election rally addressed by Trinamool Congress leader and Chief Minister of West Bengal state Mamata Banerj

Supporters of Trinamool Congress party attend an election rally addressed by party leader and Chief Minister of West Bengal state Mamata Banerjee at A

Supporters of Trinamool Congress party attend an election rally addressed by party leader and Chief Minister of West Bengal state Mamata Banerjee at A

Trinamool Congress leader and Chief Minister of West Bengal state Mamata Banerjee talks to a party member at an election rally at Anchana in Mathurapu

Trinamool Congress leader and Chief Minister of West Bengal state Mamata Banerjee talks to a party member at an election rally at Anchana in Mathurapu

Trinamool Congress leader and Chief Minister of West Bengal state Mamata Banerjee addresses an election rally at Anchana in Mathurapur, about 60 kilom

Trinamool Congress leader and Chief Minister of West Bengal state Mamata Banerjee addresses an election rally at Anchana in Mathurapur, about 60 kilom

Trinamool Congress leader and Chief Minister of West Bengal state Mamata Banerjee greets the audience at an election rally at Anchana in Mathurapur, a

Trinamool Congress leader and Chief Minister of West Bengal state Mamata Banerjee greets the audience at an election rally at Anchana in Mathurapur, a

Trinamool Congress leader and Chief Minister of West Bengal state Mamata Banerjee speaks during an election rally at Anchana in Mathurapur, about 60 k

Trinamool Congress leader and Chief Minister of West Bengal state Mamata Banerjee speaks during an election rally at Anchana in Mathurapur, about 60 k

KOLKATA, India (AP) — India's Election Commission has curtailed election campaigning by a day in the state of West Bengal after several clashes ahead of Sunday's polls.

In an order Thursday, the three-member body cited "growing incidents of disruption and violence" that were creating a "fear psychosis" among voters as reason for cutting the campaign short.

Normally campaigns run up to 48 hours before polls open, according to Indian law.

Nine parliamentary constituencies vote Sunday in the seventh and last round of India's staggered, weeks-long elections.

On Tuesday, rival political supporters fought with sticks and rocks during a rally for India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, which is trying to wrest seats from Trinamool Congress, a powerful regional party that currently governs West Bengal.

Violence was also reported in the state during last Sunday's polls.