Violence in West Bengal continued on Tuesday, a day after four people were killed in violence over the formation of gram panchayat (GP) boards, with clashes between the workers of the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) and opposition parties, leaving more than 30 people, including five policemen, injured. Clashes were reported from two places in North Dinajpur district, police said.
“Bombs were hurled and bullets fired in the clashes at Daspara and Itahar GP under Chopra police station limits. The clash at Itahar broke out after Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers allegedly obstructed GP members from the BJP from voting to elect office bearers,” the police said.
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While thirteen TMC and BJP activists were injured in the clash, five policemen were also injured and a police jeep was torched, the police said.
The clash in Daspara erupted when CPI-M and Congress workers allegedly prevented elected independent members, whom the two parties claimed had contested the panchayat polls with their backing but switched sides to join the TMC after winning, from taking part in the voting, the police said.
TMC workers came to the rescue of the elected independent members, which left 12 people injured in the ensuing violence, the police said, adding that four houses were also set on fire.
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The situation was brought under control by the Rapid Action Force (RAF) and the police using a water cannon.
(With inputs from agencies)