THREE people were killed in two separate incidents of violence in West Bengal since late Monday night, police said on Tuesday, as both the ruling Trinamool Congress and the BJP blamed each other for the killings. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday claimed that in all 10 people were killed in the State in violence following the Lok Sabha elections, and of them eight belonged to her Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the rest are BJP supporters.
She, however, did not give details of the 10 deaths. Two people were killed and three severely injured when bombs were hurled at them in North 24 Parganas district’s Kankinara, while one person died after allegedly being beaten up by unknown miscreants in East Burdwan district, police said, adding incidents took place late on Monday night.
There was no official confirmation about political affiliation of the victims. Clashes between workers of the two parties have been continuing in the state since the ending of the bitterly fought Lok Sabha polls, in which the ruling TMC and a resurgent BJP had a neck-and-neck fight. The two deceased in Kankinara’s Baruipara area, which falls under Barrackpore Lok Sabha constituency, were identified as Mohammed Mukhtar and Mohammed Halim. Three people have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the incident, police said. According to police officials, the family members of Mukhtar were sitting outside their house late on Monday night when bombs were allegedly hurled at them.