BJP-TMC clash killed 4 killed in India`s West Bengal
Published: 01:10 PM, 9 June 2019 Updated: 01:18 PM, 9 June 2019
At least four people were killed and several injured in violent clashes between supporters of West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) party and the state's opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in India, officials said Sunday.
It is learned that the clash between the two parties took place on the move of the party flag. The violent clashes broke out Saturday evening at Nayjat - Sandeshkhali area of North 24 Parganas district, about 73 km east of Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal.
26-year-old Kayum Molla was shot dead in this incident. He is a grassroots worker.
Authorities have rushed huge contingents to the area to contain the situation.
"We have confirmed reports about four killings in yesterday's violence. One is worker of TMC and two are BJP activists," a local government official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
According to reports the clashes were triggered after TMC workers tried to remove BJP flags from public places in the area.
Officials said the three bodies were brought to a hospital in Bashirhat.
However, BJP claimed five of its party workers were killed and blamed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for the violence.
BJP general secretary Saiyantan Basu has claimed that five workers of their party were killed in clashes. Three of them have been found dead. The news came to us that the bodies of the remaining two were taken away by the police. He also said that four more are missing.
According to BJP leader Mukul Roy, BJP in West Bengal will be approaching federal Home Minister Amit Shah to apprise him about Sandeshkhali killings.
On the other hand, Trinamool leader Jyotipriya Mallik said, "One of our grassroots workers died. BJP workers killed him. He was shot in his head. If the BJP starts politics of killing, we will not even leave."
In the recently held general elections BJP won 18 of the 42 seats in West Bengal, four less than TMC tally of 22.
Post-poll clashes that erupted across West Bengal witnessed large-scale violence following confrontation between the workers of TMC and BJP.
Banerjee skipped Prime Minister Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony last month over allegations by the BJP that as many as 54 of its workers were killed in political violence across state in the last six years.
Banerjee wrote in a note to Modi saying that "no political murders" were carried out in her state.