4 TMC supporters killed; Mamata attacks BJP

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
  • Updated: Jun 15, 2014 16:54 IST

Four Trinamool Congress supporters were killed on Saturday night in South 24-Parganas district in a fresh incident of post-poll violence, triggering a bout of blame game between the ruling party in West Bengal and opposition CPI(M).

A series of attacks has rocked Bengal after the Lok Sabha elections, injuring scores of supporters of the Trinamool, CPI(M) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is trying to spread its base in a state where it was a fringe player till recently.

A Trinamool source said Hasan Gazi, Hafizul Gazi, Atiar Molla and Sobu Molla were killed when they were returning to their village after attending a party meeting.

The ruling Trinamool blamed arch-rivals CPI(M) and the BJP for the killings. "Encouraged by the BJP, CPI(M) used locals goons for the attack," the party's secretary general , Partha Chatterjee, said.

Turning the heat on the saffron party, chief minister Mamata Banerjee said, "CPI(M) goons have taken shelter under the BJP who are behind such incidents. After Lok Sabha win, the BJP is trying to capture Bengal by force."

An FIR registered in the case by a Trinamool supporter injured in the attack named 21 people. The police arrested four persons and took them into custody, but refused to comment on their political affiliation.

Former minister and CPI(M) leader Kanti Ganguly was named in the FIR.

"It's a clear case of violence among factions of the Trinamool Congress itself," said Ganguly.

"The FIR is a result of a political vendetta. Our workers are being attacked across the state," he added.

Recently, a CPI(M) team had met chief minister Banerjee to complain against the post-poll violence.

Banerjee, however, had asked the Left team why its supporters were joining the BJP, raising eyebrows in political circles over her unique gesture.
The BJP's rise in Bengal has sparked speculations about new equations. It won just two of the 42 seats in the Lok Sabha polls, but bagged an impressive 16.8% vote share.

Recently, the saffron party had sent a central team to the state as well, taking stock of the situation after a group of its supporters was assaulted — allegedly ?by the Trinamool.

Besides, the faction war of the ruling party too has spelled trouble for many in the state.

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