Basanti TMC Clash: 2 Killed & Several Injured


Basanti: Two Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers on Friday were killed and several people injured in a clash between two factions of the party at Basanti village of West Bengal’s South 24 Parganas.

A large police force that rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control, was also attacked with crude bombs being hurled at them and several shots fired.

“Among the two fatalities, one is a 10-year-old boy, while the other is a 27-year-old member of the faction. Currently, seven people have been arrested in this case,” police said.

According to media reports, the clash erupted between a TMC faction backed by Tapu Mahato, a leader of the TMC, who is also a follower of Jayanta Naskar, TMC MLA of Gosaba and another led by Aman Laskar, a youth TMC leader and a follower of Saokat Molla, TMC MLA of Canning (East) and the district youth TMC president, at Hentalkhali village of Charavidya gram panchayat within Basanti police limits.

The youth TMC workers allegedly first attacked the workers of the mother party over a dispute regarding a village fair.

The victim has been identified as Rakibul Mollah. According to sources, trouble broke out on Thursday morning when members of both the group engaged in a heated altercation. A scuffle soon broke out between the two groups, following which both the group members hurled bombs at each other triggering tension in the area.

It was also alleged that some of the group members also fired gunshots. According to the local sources, Mollah suffered a bullet injury in his body. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.