In fresh post-poll violence, a Trinamool Congress worker's hand was on Tuesday chopped off allegedly by a CPI-M activist in Malda district, even as more illegal firearms were seized from the office of the Left party and other places.
The attack on Biswajit Mondal took place close on the heels of two persons, both CPI-M supporters, being burnt to death in Murshidabad district in West Bengal, which has witnessed a series of political attacks since the Trinamool swept to power.
Four guns and 12 rounds of ammunition were seized from a CPI-M party office at Chuttargeria under Keshpur police station by police and joint forces in West Midnapore district, officials said.
Six rifles were found under a culvert at a place under the Salboni police station, they said, adding illegal firearms were also found hidden in the septic tank of the Salboni Health Centre.
In Bankura district, the CPI-M branch committee office at Bhutsar village, was set on fire with papers and furniture being taken out of the office and torched, Superintedent of Police Pranab Kumar said.
Mondal's left hand was chopped off in Manikchowk police station area in Malda district when he went to demand dues for a generator he had hired to a CPI(M) worker a month ago, police said.
A person identified as Kanak has been arrested, they said.
Police said the incident occurred out of business rivalry and had nothing to do with politics.
Two persons, 55-year-old Mahabul Sheikh and his 19-year-old son Notobar, both CPI(M) supporters, were burnt to death in Kapasdanga village in Murshidabad district allegedly by Congress supporters last night, police said.
Eight persons were detained in this connection, they said.
The CPI(M) has called a 12-hour bandh in the district in protest.
Meanwhile, in New Delhi, Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said the recovery of arms from the CPI-M's office raised "serious questions" and demanded a thorough probe.
Regarding the seizure of a rifle (looted during a Maoist raid on the Eastern Frontier Rifles camp at Sildah), from a spot behind the CPI-M party office on Monday, Tewari said the "finger of suspicion is now being raised towards CPI-M."