BHANGOR, 12 JUNE: Twelve persons including five policemen were injured last night at Bhangor, in South 24-Parganas, in a clash between CPI-M and Trinamul Congress when TMC supporters allegedly attacked the house of CPI-M gram-panchayat candidate and beat him up. Thirteen supporters of both parties were nabbed by police in connection with the clash.
The TMC supporters allegedly marched to the house of Mr. Khalil Mollah ~ a CPI-M candidate for the seat of Narayanpur gram-panchayat ~ at Boralighat, under Bhangor police station, on Tuesday night at about 10:30 pm with lathis and sharp weapons.
TMC activists allegedly ransacked the house and beat the candidate who is seriously injured. CPI-M activists and supporters reached the spot and a clash took place between the two groups. Those involved in the fight also included women workers, who pelted stones at each other and seven people from both the groups were injured. A number of police officers of Bhangor police station rushed to the spot and five of them were seriously injured while they tried to control the situation. The injured were taken to Nalmuri hospital. Police arrested seven CPI-M and six TMC supporters. A police picket has been deployed at the spot to maintain peace.
Mr Shakti Mondal, the vice-chairman of the district TMC, said that the incident was of little importance and his party was not involved in the clash. He added that it was a mere village dispute. CPI-M alleged that TMC was responsible for the incident. Mr Khalil Mollah had been asked to withdraw his candidature on the final day of withdrawal, but as he had not agreed the TMC activists attacked his house, CPI-M leaders alleged.
In another incident, TMC activists
today clashed among themselves at Tardaha, of Bhangor police station, in which five persons were injured. sns