Hours after voting ended in Murshidabad and Birbhum districts,political clashes claimed six more lives on Tuesday. Six people had died on Monday in the four districts during the fourth phase of the panchayat elections.
The Congress stronghold of Murshidabad was tense with four murders reported from the district today. Two Congress supporters were killed at Ranitala,while a Trinamool Congress worker was killed in Rejinagar. A CPM worker was also killed in Farakka.
At Laxminarayanpur under Ranitala police station area,Congress supporter Pearuddin Sheikh (33) was working in his field when alleged CPM workers shot him dead. Another Congress supporter in nearby Notungram,was shot dead allegedly by the CPM goons.
At Bidupara under Rejinagar police station,a Trinamool supporter named Lokibuddin Sheikh was attacked allegedly by Congress supporters outside his house. They hurled bombs at him. He died on the spot.
Clashes between CPM and Congress supporters at Arjunpur in Farakka claimed the life of a CPM supporter who has been identified as Fatik Sheikh. Eight people belonging to both the parties were injured in the clashes.
CPM supporter Billal Mondal,who was beaten up allegedly by Congress cadres at Notun Hasanpur in Murshidabad,succumbed to his injuries today.
He was nitially admitted at Lalbagh Government Hospital and when his condition deteriorated,he was shifted to Murshidabad Medical College last night.
There had been several instances of violence reported since today morning. These have started because the Central and state armed forces have been removed from the district and many of the police personnel of Murshidabad have been shifted to North Bengal for the fifth phase of elections. We are left with inadequate number of forces to handle the law and order situation here, said Murshidabad SP Humayun Kabir.
Meanwhile,the father of an Independent candidate in Birbhum,who had received bullet wounds on Monday,succumbed to his injuries today. Sagar Ghosh was shot at near his residence in Kasba at Parui in Birbhum.
Clashes between CPM and Trinamool cadres left several people injured at Khanpur in Birbhum.
The SEC,meanwhile,has written to the state government to deploy Central forces in several districts to control the post-poll violence.