In an intra-party flare-up, two TMC workers were killed at Bhangar in South 24-Parganas on Saturday. Sources said the second murder was in “retaliation” to the first one.
Two factions loyal to party’s two senior leaders, former MLA Arabul Islam and Kaizar Ahmed, respectively, on Wednesday clashed over the control of the gram panchayat in the area.
Earlier, nine of 11 TMC members of the panchayat in Baonta village brought in a “no-confidence” motion against panchayat pradhan Panchu Mondal. They wanted Soumen Nashkar of the rival faction to take over as pradhan. However, Mondal remained in the post after a stay order from the court. Mondal owes allegiance to Kaizar Ahmed while Nashkar is loyal to Islam’s faction.
According to sources, on Wednesday morning, a close associate of Nashkar was shot dead. A couple of hours later, a group of 30 armed men attacked the house of Ramesh Ghoshal, an aide of Panchu Mondal, and shot him.
Police has been deployed in the area and three people have been detained so far in connection with the murders.