Political rivalry between the ruling CPM and Trinamool Congress took a bloody turn on Saturday when five persons were killed two of them were charred to death as supporters of the two parties clashed at Nanur in Birbhum,firing and hurling bombs at each other.
Seven persons were hurt in the incident that took place in the wee hours over control of Papuri,a village at Nanur. A number of houses in the village were set ablaze.
Four of the dead have been identified as Lalbabu Sheikh,Rashid Sheikh,Riyaji Sheikh and Mukhtar Sheikh all CPM supporters and residents of Papuri.
The CPM said the victims were returning home after being ousted from the village when Trinamool supporters attacked them. The Trinamool said the village was under attack by the CPM cadres. Papuri lies close to Suchpur,a village where 11 Trinamool supporters were killed on July 27,2000.
Birbhum SP Lakshmi Narayan Meena said,Two groups clashed in which guns and bombs were used. We have recovered five bodies,search for more bodies is on. The situation is under control. Till Saturday night,no one was arrested.
The police said the clashes broke out when armed CPM cadres tried to enter the village that has been under Trinamools control for some time. The Trinamool men reportedly had prior information and confronted the CPM cadres,leading to the bloody battle.
In the recent civic polls,CPM won the Thupsara Gram Panchayat under which Papuri comes. However,soon after the polls,the Trinamool allegedly drove some CPM supporters out of the village last month.