Bankura: The ongoing political violence in West Bengal has claimed its first toll. BJP leader from Ranibandh, Bankura district, Ajit Murmu has lost his life. The TMC’s Kalobaran Das was hospitalised with injuries and released later.
42-year-old Murmu was the mandal prabhari of the BJP in Ranibandh. The BJP had declared him the panchayat election candidate of the party from that area.
Accompanied by some other candidates of the BJP, Murmu was on his way to the local BDO office for filing his nomination papers. Some goons affiliated to the TMC assaulted the entire group in front of the BDO office before they could enter it, the BJP alleges.
Protesting the assault, local BJP cadre blocked the Bankura-Ranibandh Road. The BJP alleges that when the police came to evict their activists from the street, the men in uniform were accompanied by another gang of TMC goons.
The BJP further alleges that the TMC goons hit their workers with iron rods and bamboo sticks. Murmu, among the BJP workers on the spot, was badly injured in the incident of violence. He was first taken to a local hospital from where he was moved to Bankura’s Sammilani Hospital where he breathed his last.
The same incident also cost TMC’s Kalobaran Das dearly. He was badly hurt in the skirmish with BJP workers. He was first taken to the Sammilani Medical College of Bankura and then released for his return to Kolkata.
Police call the incident ‘sporadic’
The Assistant Director-General (Law and Order) of Police, Anuj Sharma makes light of the incidents of violence occurring in different parts of West Bengal at the time of candidates filing their nomination papers for the panchayat elections. Citing statistics, Sharma says the incidents are sporadic. The police have been instructed to take strong action in cases of violation of law and order, he said.
“Statistics says everybody is able to file his or her nomination papers. In the past two days, the TMC has filed 1,692 nomination papers. The BJP has filed 1,146. Barring a few sporadic incidents, the process of filing nomination papers is going on smoothly,” Sharma said.
The ADG (Law and Order) said, “Some outsiders launched the attacks in Raiganj. They are from Bihar and Jharkhand.”
TMC general secretary Partha Chatterjee echoed the ADG. “They are trying to disrupt peace in Bengal with the help of outsiders. The BJP is playing the communal card to disrupt development,” Chatterjee said.
On the other hand, the BJP and CPI(M) have both blamed the TMC for all incidents of violence in the State these days.