Fresh trouble erupted in Nandigram on Wednesday after a CPM local committee secretary was killed during an exchange of fire between Trinamool Congress and CPM activists at Rajaramchak village.
According to police, Niranjan Mondal was on his way back from Kolkata when he was caught in the crossfire. He received gunshot wounds in his head and died on the spot.
Eastern Frontier Rifles (EFR) jawans and police rushed to the spot and used batons to disperse the warring groups. Two Trinamool workers were injured in the lathicharge.
EFR jawans launched combing operations in nearby Kalicharanpur and Sonachura to track down the assailants. No arrests have been made yet.
Terming the killing “planned murder”, CPM district secretary Ashok Guria said the party has called a 24-hour bandh on Thursday at Khejuri I and II, Nandigram I and II and Chandipur blocks.
Mamata receives ‘threat’
Meanwhile in Kolkata, the Trinamool Congress on Wednesday alleged party chief Mamata Banerjee had received a text message and a call threatening to kill her.
“Last night at eight, Mamata Banerjee received a SMS... as also a telephone call... which held out threats to her life”, leader of the Opposition in the state assembly Partha Chatterjee said. The SMS, he said, read: “If Tatas withdraw from Singur, let’s ensure Trinamool’s exit from (the) planet.”