New Delhi: Violence continues unabated in West Bengal following clashes between the two groups as two persons were shot dead and five wounded in Bhatpara area of West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district. The ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) and opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) traded charges over the latest outbreak of violence in the state.
Authorities imposed Section 144, prohibiting assembly of more than four persons, in Bhatpara and Jagatdal areas of West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district as local police struggled to restore order in the area after groups of miscreants allegedly attacked locals with crude bombs and firearms.
The injured were taken to a hospital in Kolkata, where they were undergoing surgeries and are reportedly in critical condition, locals were quoted by news channels as saying.
The clashes started around 10.30am with reports of crude bombs being thrown in the area. CCTV footages aired on local television news channels showed men, their faces covered with pieces of cloth, hurling crude bombs down a narrow lane.
Rapid Action Force and Quick Response Teams were deployed to bring the situation on the control, district officials said.
A few hours after the clash, crude bombs were seen lying on the streets in the area. Locals also pointed out a bullet hole in a steel shutter of a shop. Officers said the hole indicated firing from high-calibre weapon.
After a meeting at the state secretariat with the chief secretary and senior police officers, home secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay said prohibitory orders under section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code prohibiting the assembly of more than four persons have been imposed on areas under Bhatpara and Jagaddal police stations.
Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) West Bengal president and Lok Sabha MP Dilip Ghosh and Barrackpore MP Arjun Singh alleged that the police had opened fire on locals in the area. Senior BJP leader Mukul Roy said that the local police have turned “trigger-happy” and alleged West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee was responsible for the clashes.
“A BJP delegation would visit the area and meet the family members of the deceased. We will also send a report to the Centre,” said BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya.