With the post-poll violence continuing unabated in the districts since last night, a former Trinamul Congress panchayat member was hacked to death in front of his house allegedly by the BJP-backed goons in Nadia.
The incident occurred at Baranberia in Duttapulia under the Dhantala police station limits this morning. Police officials said the Trinamul Congress leader named as Pranab Biswas was taken to the Ranaghat hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Local residents alleged Mr Biswas, a former Duttapulia gram-panchayat member from Trinamul Congress had raised his voice against some BJP workers who had tried to capture the booth during the polls on Monday. He also played a pivotal role to resist the BJPbacked goons from casting false vote.
This time, his wife Amari Biswas was contesting as a TMC candidate in the grampanchayat seat. “This morning, Mr Biswas was chatting with party workers in front of his house when a group of BJP-backed goons attacked him and started beating him with lathis and sharpedged weapons.
Some party workers rushed to the place to resist the attack, but they were also beaten up by the attackers. Mr Biswas received grievous injury and he was immediately admitted to the Ranaghat hospital where he died within hours. A few party workers were also injured and they have been admitted to the Ranaghat hospital also”, said a local resident.
Trinamul Congress leaders held the BJP responsible to kill their leader as he had foiled their misdeed during polls. The BJP leaders, however, denied the allegation saying that the incident occurred due to the infighting of the two groups of the ruling Trinamul Congress.
Police officials said they have initiated a probe into this matter and they have detained a few persons in connection with the murder based on the complaint lodged by the family members of the deceased.
On Monday, three Trinamul Congress workers were killed and several others were injured in a violence that broke out at several places in Nadia district, hours after voting began for the panchayat polls. Last night, a group of local residents allegedly backed by the BJP set a police vehicle on fire at Palashipara when the police reached there to verify the complaint of false voting at a booth there.
The attackers kept gheraoed the police personnel in front of the booth alleging that the TMC workers casted false voting while the police officials did not pay any heed to this matter even after repeated requests. Later, a large police contingent reached there and brought the situation under control. An unofficial source said that a Trinamul Congress worker received severe burn injuries when a bomb suddenly went off.
He was allegedly making bombs at a hideout in Chapra on Monday during polls. He was taken to a private nursing home in Krishnagar where he succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday.
Sources placed in the Saktinagar district hospital in Krishnagar said that more than 100 persons belong to different political parties were admitted on Monday.
All the people of them sustained injury during clashes occurred at different places in Nadia on Monday. Among them, 25 persons were referred to Kolkata as their conditions were critical.