statesman news service
RAIGANJ, 28 JUNE: Congress leaders of North Dinajpur district have complained against TMC leaders for violating the model code of conduct of panchayat elections in Kaliaganj.
This morning, one of the secretaries of chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Mr Amal Acharjee, met the family members of the deceased Bablu Sarkar and Bidhu Barman, who died in a bomb explosion in a godown in Kaliaganj on Wednesday night, at Hospital para and Bhandar village in Kaliaganj respectively. Mr Acharjee handed over Rs 25,000 to each family as compensation from the Trinamul Congress today.
The Congress leaders saw this as a violation of the model code of conduct of the panchayat elections and will register a complaint with the Election Commission.
Meanwhile, police have started investigating into the explosion, in which three labourers died and nine were injured. In the course of investigation, police came to know that Kalachand Kundu and Malay Kundu ~ two brothers from Mahendraganj ~ kept the explosives and a huge amount of crackers in the godown. Police conducted a raid and recovered crackers and explosives worth five lakhs from two shops at Mahendraganj Bazar in Kaliaganj.
Mr Acharjee said: "Apart from crackers, some highly dangerous explosives were kept in the godown by the opponent leaders which could be used in the panchayat elections. We will ask police to arrest the alleged persons immediately."
The chairman of the Congress-led board of Kaliaganj municipality, Mr Arun Dey Sarkar, said: "By providing the amount to the families, the Trinamul Congress leaders violated the election code of conduct. The activities of the Trinamul Congress will influence the voters. They could have provided help to the families after the election. Very soon, our leader Mrs Deepa Das Munshi will arrive at Kaliaganj and we will register a complaint against the Trinamul Congress leaders for the violation of the model code of conduct of elections."
The secretary of the state Trinamul Congress committee, Mr Ashim Ghosh, said: "It was a token of sympathy for the bereaved families. We also want Congress members to stand by them."
The Additional Police Super of North Dinajpur, Mr Devid Lepcha, said: “A forensic team will reach Kaliaganj very soon to judge the nature of explosives which exploded in the godown.”
He said: “Today, we found a huge amount of banned crackers from two shops at Mahendraganj which the two accused persons had kept. The accused are absconding.”