WB Panchayat Polls: Clashes Continue, 20 Arrested


Kolkata: A severe clash between the BJP activists and Trinamool workers’ broke out at Mohammad Bazar area in Burbhum and crude bombs were hurled on Saturday. Twenty people were arrested in connection with the political clash in Birbhum.

Amid continuous clashes between workers of West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress workers and opposition parties over filing nominations for upcoming panchayat polls.

However, clashes were reported in Birbhum, Murshidabad and Coochbehar districts over filing of nominations for rural polls to be held in first week of May.

A rally led by state Congress President Adhir Chowdhury in Murshidabad’s Kandi area was attacked by unidentified miscreants and later party’s supporters’ gheraod local police station demanding arrests of culprits.

BJP leader Mukul Roy also alleged that the outsiders were brought by the Trinamool to deter their party candidates from filing nominations.

According to police, outsiders from Jharkhand entered into the district creating violence and additional forces were deployed whenever there is report of untoward incident.