In A violent clash Thursday amongst members of the Mozampur Gram Panchayat, who allegedly belonged to the Trinamool Congress, the police in Malda had to resort to firing several rounds in the air to disperse the two groups.
Police sources said the clash was the result of an undercurrent of tension prevailing among members of the Gram Panchayat for several weeks. The GP comprises 14 seats, out of which TMC had won eight, CPI-M had got three and the Congress had won one, in the last Panchayat polls. Since then, there was conflict among members of the GP who had been divided into two groups — one, led by Ashadul Biswas, supported by most TMC members and the other, led by TMC member Dr Rintu, backed by two CPI-M members and one Congress member.
The incident took place when the Gram Pradhan, Afsara Bibi, was allegedly attacked by Rintu and his group while going to the Panchayat office. The other group retaliated and both groups started hurling bombs at each other. Afsara Bibi’s house was ransacked and her mother-in-law beaten up by some members. She has been admitted to a private hospital in Kolkata.
The Kaliachak police station has filed a case of rioting. Tension has gripped the area and police picketing has been placed.
TMC district president Moazzim Hossain refused to comment on the issue, while Congress district general secretary Narendranath Tewari said, “It is a case of gang clash within the TMC which is so prevalent in the entire state.”