statesman news service
BEHRAMPORE, 22 JUNE: Two persons, reportedly loyal to CPI-M party, were killed last night at Ekdala village of Rejinagar police station in Murshidabad, police said. Two others accompanying the duo were also shot at during a clash between groups of CPI-M and Congress supporters. Leaders of both parties admitted that the murders were political.
On their way back home from poll campaigns in favour of a CPI-M contestant from Ekdala booth, bombs were hurled at the deceased, Debsharan Ghosh (45) and Amar Ghosh (38), and their companions, Mr Mrityunjay Ghosh and Mr Baidyanath Ghosh, who survived the attack. Debsharan died on the spot while his nephew, Amar, succumbed to bullet injuries on the way to the hospital.
Debsharan was hacked at after he fell down with bomb and bullet injuries, locals said. Mr Mrityunjay Ghosh, the CPI-M gram panchayat candidate, sustained bullet and splinter injuries and was taken to NRS hospital in Kolkata. Mr Baidyanath Ghosh, who was hit by several bullets, was admitted to Murshidabad Medical College and Hospital.
“We were returning home from poll campaigns when sudden firing started near the residence of Priyotosh Ghosh. One bullet hit my leg while another flew past my right ear. I fled to a roadside ditch. All I heard were cries and gunfire. I could see nothing in the darkness.” said Baidyanath Ghosh from the hospital.
Congress activists committed the murders to terrorise the voters, alleged Mriganka Bhattacharya, CPI-M district secretary.
Murshidabad district Congress secretary, Ashoke Das said, “Bombs hurled by miscreants exploded at the residence of our Congress worker, Priyotosh Ghosh. This led to a clash when some villagers caught up with the miscreants on the run. The incident could hav e been avoided had police acted to seize bombs and firearms from the locality.”
It was a political clash about which police had no tip-off, said Mr Humayun Kabir, SP, Murshidabad.
CPI-M workers today staged agitation all over the district in protest against the double murders at Rejinagar. The CPI-M has called a 12-hour bandh to be observed at Beldanga-II block tomorrow.