At least four people have lost their lives in clashes between the workers of TMC and the BJP in West Bengal’s Purba Bardhaman district after the election results were announced.
The Trinamool Congress claimed three of its supporters were killed by the BJP on Monday.
A few TMC supporters were on the way to Nabagram in the Jamalpur police station area on their motorcycles in the afternoon when they were allegedly attacked in Odishapara by BJP workers, reports said.
They were thrashed and their bikes vandalized, the TMC alleged.
The injured were taken to different hospitals for treatment. Shahjahan Shah (38) and Bibhash Bag (30) were declared dead when taken to the Burdwan Medical College and Hospital.
Kakali Khsetrapal (47) was declared dead when taken to the Jamalpur Hospital, reports said.
The TMC claimed Shahjahan and Bibhash were their supporters.
TMC block president Mehmood Khan said, “BJP workers carried out the attack in a planned manner. They are taking to violence in different places.”
The BJP said Kakali was a supporter of the party who was allegedly killed in the attack.
“TMC activists came to the area shouting ”Joy Bangla” and ”Khela Hobe” slogans around 11 am. They came to attack us but we built a counter-resistance and then they fled,” said Ashish Kshetrapal, the BJP”s chief of the Nabgram area.
“A while later they returned through another route and came to my house. They attacked my family members and my mother died in the attack. TMC supporters also vandalised and looted 17-18 houses in the area. My father and uncle were also injured in the attack,” he alleged.
Police said 23 people have been detained in connection with the incident and a huge contingent of central forces has been deployed in the area. An officer of Jamalpur police station said the situation was under control.
In another incident in Samaspur in the Raina police station area, a 55-year-old man was killed in TMC-BJP clashes on Sunday night.