At least 50 clashes among various Trinamool Congress factions took place during the second phase of panchayat elections held on July 15,according to police reports.
While a clash between two TMC factions left one dead at Mangalkot in Burdwan,several TMC workers were also injured in clashes in East Midnapore on the day.
Inter-party clashes,too,claimed two lives at Jamuria in Burdwan on the polling day.
Sources said the TMC factions came to blows at Nandigram and Patashpur blocks in East Midnapore,and Ketugram,Mangalkot and Raina in Burdwan.
A police report submitted to the state home department has revealed that 2,299 intra-party clashes were reported from various districts going to the polls in the last one month.
Significantly,the ruling party did not field candidates in 32 out of 140 gram panchayat seats of Nandigram block I and 13 out of 91 in Nandigram block II. At Mangalkot and Ketugram in Burdwan,Independent candidates belonged to the disgruntled factions of the TMC.
The TMC blamed the CPM men for the factionalism.
Party MP from East Midnapore Sisir Adhikari said: The CPM men who had joined us wanted important positions. When they were not given so,they fielded Independent candidates. That triggered clashes in the area,but we have tackled it politically.
Sheikh Shahjahan Mullick of the TMC was killed after two party factions clashed during the polling hours. While the police claimed he was killed while making bombs,sources in the TMC said Shahjahan was attacked by another faction of the party.
TMCs Cabinet Minister from Burdwan Maloy Ghatak said,The warring factions do not belong to the TMC. They have been formed by the CPM men who had joined the TMC after the change in guard in the state.
Meanwhile,two TMC factions clashed in Malda late on Monday and ransacked the office of TMC yuva leader Biswajit Das at Firozpur near Englishbazar police station. No FIR has been lodged in this regard,said a senior police official.
Malda goes to the polls in the fourth phase due on July 22.