Three Trinamool Congress workers were killed in a clash between rival groups within the party at Wari village in Burdwan district’s Khandaghosh area late Sunday night.
The clash was allegedly the fallout of a fight over fishing rights in a water body in the locality between the supporters of the former and current block presidents of the party.
Around a week ago, former block president Moni Hossain was allegedly arrested for trying to take over the water body but was later released on bail.
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Around 10.30 pm on Sunday, three supporters of current block president Alok Majhi — Sheikh Jamaluddin (40), Shawkat Sheikh (42) and Layek Ainul (42) — reportedly received phone calls, following which they left their homes.
Late into the night, their families were reportedly informed that the three had been admitted to Burdwan Medical College with severe injuries. By the time the family members reached the hospital, the three had died.
While Jamaluddin’s relatives claimed that he had given a statement to the police before he died, officers of Khandaghosh police station denied of this. “There was a clash between two groups, in which three persons died. We have detained 15 people and are interrogating them,” said Burdwan SP Kunal Agarwal.
Police said both Hossain and Majhi are absconding.
When contacted, Burdwan Trinamool president Swapan Debnath said he has asked local leaders for a detailed report into the incident.
“Only when I get a report will I be able to comment whether there was a factional clash. But in any case, if any Trinamool worker is found involved, I will recommend to the state leadership that the person is expelled from the party. No unruly person will be spared,” he added.
The locality, meanwhile, is anticipating more trouble. “There will be more bloodshed, as Majhi’s supporters will not take this lying down,” said a local.
While condemning clash that killed three Trinamool workers, Governor Kesari Nath Tripathi on Sunday said: “Violence in any form, anywhere and by anyone is undesirable. The society should come forward along with the government and law-enforcing agencies to take effective measures to curb crime.”