3 killed as Trinamool Congress and BJP workers clash in Bengal, BJP calls for 12-hour bandh in Bashirhat


At least three people, supporters of the BJP and the ruling Trinamool Congress, have died in clashes in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district, nearly 70 kms from the state capital Kolkata.

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Among those killed are believed to be two BJP workers, while one has been identified as the supporter of Trinamool. The violence reportedly started on Saturday over the issue of removing party flags from public spaces. The two BJP workers killed have been identified as Pradip Mondal and Sukanta Mondal, while the slain Trinamool worker was a 26-year-old Qayyum Mollah.

Meanwhile, the state BJP leadership has claimed that the clashes had left three BJP supporters dead. BJP leader Mukul Roy tweeted, “3 BJP workers shot dead by TMC goons in Sandeshkhali, West Bengal. @mamataofficial is directly responsible for unleashing violence against BJP workers. We will be reaching Union Home Minister Sh @amitshah ji to apprise him of Sandeshkhali killings.”

Roy later told news agency ANI, “TMC goons attacked BJP workers and 4 of our workers were shot dead in Sandeshkhali, Basirhat. Their leader & CM is indulging in a reign of terror, we have sent a message to Home Minister Amit Shah ji, Kailash Vijayvargiya ji, & our state leaders.”

A report by NDTV said that the third BJP worker suspected to have been killed was one Tapan Mondal.

Union Minister Babul Supriyo tweeted, “Deeply disturbed to have heard about the triple murder of BJP Karyakartas at Sandeshkhali, Basirhat Loksabha by #TMChhi goons. The people of Bengal will very soon put an end to #TMChhi atrocities.@BJP4Bengal.”

Home Minister Amit Shah has sought a report from the West Bengal unit of the BJP, which has called for a 12-hour bandh in Bashirhat on Monday. News agency ANI quoted the press secretary to Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi as saying that the latter was sad at the ‘unfortunate loss of lives and properties of citizens.’

The saffron party had won 18 parliamentary seats in the just-concluded Lok Sabha polls by making a severe dent in what’s been known as a bastion for Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.


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