A fierce fight for control of a village school in West Bengal’s in Murshidabad district resulted in the death of at least four persons on Monday.
At Char Pirijpur village, about 300 km north of Kolkata, armed supporters of the CPI(M) and the Congress had several rounds of clash. Although the police recovered four bodies, locals claimed the toll might be higher, as two persons were still missing.
Those killed include CPI(M) zonal committee member Ruhul Amin, party supporters Lal Mohammad Sheikh (33) and Anarul Sheikh (28) and Congress supporter Dilar Sheikh (50).
Murshidabad district police chief B.L. Meena said, “We have arrested 25 persons so far and raids are being conducted in the area for other culprits.”
CPI(M) district chief Nripen Chowdhury alleged that the Congress was terrorising “our men before the assembly elections”, while district Congress chief and MP Adhir Chowdhury said, “CPI(M) men attacked the houses of our supporters.”
The trouble began during the managing committee elections of a local school on Sunday. As the CPI(M) candidates won all the six seats, its supporters took out a victory procession, bursting crackers and crude bombs.
Somebody from the procession attacked Congress supporter Rabiul Islam (27) with a bomb. What’s more, some armed CPI(M) supporters allegedly attacked other Congress supporters too, killing Dilar Sheikh (50).
As the news spread, Congress supporters attacked CPI(M)-dominated areas, killing at least three people on the spot and ransacking at least 10 houses.