Six Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers were injured in an alleged crude bomb blast in Rampur village of South 24 Parganas district. The incident occured on 5 March night while the workers were returning from a wedding.
The injured were rushed to Canning Subdivision Hospital. The injured BJP workers alleged that some Trinamool Congress (AITC) workers hurled the bomb at them when they were returning from a wedding event.
The police have started an investigation into the incident.
Among the injured are Shovan Debnath, Vikram Shil, Arpan Debnath, Swapan Kurali, Mahadev Naik and another.
Jayant Naskar, Trinamool Congress candidate in Gosaba assembly seat, claimed that six people have suffered serious injuries when BJP leader Varun Pramanik tried to plant a bomb in collusion with some miscreants.
Members of the families of the injured claim that they are supporters of the BJP.
“We are aware of the claims of their family members. It seems that they were manufacturing bombs when the blast occurred. We are investigating the matter and talking to local people,” the officer, from a police force infamous for working as a wing of the party ruling the state since the CPM years, said.
The elections for 294 Assembly seats in West Bengal will begin on 27 March. The state is going to witness eight-phase Assembly polls this year.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on 5 March announced that she will contest from Nandigram seat while releasing a list of 291 candidates that includes 50 women, 42 Muslim candidates. Mamata, however, did not decide the names on three seats of north Bengal.
Incidents of political violence have made headlines in West Bengal since the late 1960s while New Delhi-based media has only of late started evincing interest in the affairs of the state.