In two separate incidents, a Trinamool Congress worker was killed and three other workers, including a woman, were critically injured on Thursday night.
The first incident occurred in Nadia district’s Ramnagar area, under the jurisdiction of Haskhali police station. TMC worker Alibuddin Mondal was buying fruits in a local market in the area when some bike-borne gunmen, allegedly backed by CPI(M), came from behind and pumped three bullets into him from point blank range. The shooting took place in front of hundreds of people, who panicked and started running towards the road to save themselves. Alibududin was admitted to the Shantinagar hospital in Krishnanagar, where he was declared brought dead.
Local people alleged that Bhanu Sheikh, a local criminal was responsible for the shootout. Police arrested Bhanu and interrogated him overnight. He was produced before a court on Friday morning and has been remanded to police custody.
Sources in the police said that the shooting occurred around 8 pm on Thursday when the assailants pursued the Trinamool worker into the market. Alibuddin was shot in the chest, waist and on the back and immediately collapsed on the ground. His body lay in a pool of blood while the gunmen fled away through the adjacent road. Meanwhile, CPI (M) completely ruled out any involvement of their cadre in the shootout.
In the other incident, some Trinamool workers were critically injured when they were beaten up by goons while carrying out the party’s organisational work in Basirhat on Thursday night. Some CPI(M) backed goons reportedly thrashed them while they were discussing the party’s objectives to some villagers. As per local sources, Firoza Biwi, Kutub Mondal and Asraf Ali Mondal were critically injured and were taken to Baduria Rural hospital. They were later taken to Basirhat sub-divisional hospital.
Police said that the miscreants sneaked up from behind the victims and beat them with bamboo rods and the victims fell to the ground. Police are yet to arrest anybody in the case, though they are conducting raids in this regard.