Malda: A three-year-old boy is in critical condition after being shot in the head in West Bengal’s Malda district on Thursday in the latest clash over elections to panchayat boards that has claimed 10 lives since August 25.
The child, son of Manikchark panchayat member Putul Modal, has been admitted into Malda medical college and doctors described his situation as critical.
The incident happened after a no-confidence motion in the panchayat on Thursday, in which Putul voted in favour of the Trinamool Congress. The BJP, however, managed to win the motion.
The Trinamool Congress alleged that the BJP members attacked Putul’s house and fired at her and her husband for voting against the party. The child was allegedly caught at the crossroads.
The Bharatiya Janata Party and the state’s ruling Trinamool Congress traded charges over the identity of the attackers. Putul Mondal, the attacked boy’s mother, won a seat on the board of the Manikchak panchayat on a BJP ticket, but later decided to move to the TMC.