KOLKATA, 20 OCT: A day after clashes between Trinamul Congress and CPI-M supporters in Kulipara, violence erupted again in the area after several Trinamul supporters allegedly tried to wrest control of a bheri from CPI-M cadres.
At 3.00 p.m. Trinamul supporters allegedly raided Gorumara bheri between Kulipara and Choinabi. This led to a gunbattle between the rival parties. However, no injuries were reported.
Trinamul supporters had reportedly ransacked houses of CPI-M men who were allegedly involved in the violence and killing of Trinamul supporter Balai Mandal since yesterday afternoon. One of the houses ransacked belonged to Prafulla Mastan who allegedly controls the bheris and is a CPI-M supporter.
The SDPO, Bidhannagar, however, denied any firing took place in the area and said that the sound was heard from Bhangar. “We are not sure whether it was gunshot or fire-crackers. The area doesn’t fall under Bidhannagar. We were standing there to catch troublemakers. People are unnecessarily spreading rumour,” he added.
Mr Sabyasachi Dutta, vice-chairman, Bidhannagar Municipality, said firing continued even today in the presence of the police who are “hand in glove with CPI-M goons”.
The Trinamul Congress today observed a Black Day in Bidhannager and organised a protest march from Choinabi to Kulipara at 11 am. Trinamul supporters were led by Trinamul Congress MPs Mrs Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar and Mr Suvendu Adhikari and Union minister of state for shipping, Mr Mukul Roy, who wore black badges to protest the violence perpetrated allegedly by the CPI-M. The body of Balai Mondal who was shot dead yesterday was handed over to his relatives this afternoon.
Balaram Das, Notto Mondal and Sajal Mondol who were arrested last night for their involvement in the incident would be produced in court today.
Mr Shyamal Chakraborty, CPI-M state secretariat member, blamed the Trinamul Congress for the violence which, he alleged, was part of the Trinamul tactic to “establish area domination” before the crucial 2011 Assembly polls. The people had spontaneously resisted the attempt, he added.