Violence breaks out in Bengal ; BJP activist shot dead in Nadia
West Bengal

Violence breaks out in Bengal ; BJP activist shot dead in Nadia

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Kolkata, May 25 : West Bengal Governor Kesri Nath Tripathi today appealed to the people to remain calm and restore peace and harmony as the state has been witnessing a series of violent incidents in post-result scenario.

Mr Tripathi said, ' Bengal always maintains amity among different communities,' and also thanked people for taking part in the voting and urged the to work together for all round development. Meanwhile, a BJP activist was shot dead in Nadia, trains services were disrupted and dozen of people sustained bloody wounds.Twenty-two-year-old Santu Ghosh was shot dead from close range near a school at Gourpara under Chakdah police station while he was talking to his friends last night in front of his home in Nadia district.

BJP state president Dilip Ghosh alleged the TMC goons were behind the murder and said if the administration did not contain the violent attack on them, they would be forced to retaliate. He said the boy was with the TMC, but before the election he joined the BJP and worked hard for them. The incident infuriated the BJP activists, who blocked three Eastern Railway's stations linking terminal Sealdah to protest the political murder.

Elsewhere too, violent clashes were being reported from several districts of the state. Local BJP leadership today alleged the victim had joined their party before the election and worked for them during polling, which antagonized his former TMC rank and files leading to his killing.

The youth died on the spot. However, the TMC denied this allegation and attributed the killing to the alleged internal rivalry of the BJP.To protest the brazen attack on the youth, hundreds of BJP supporters gheraoed the Chakdah police station and demanded the arrest of the culprits.The protesters assembled at different stations and blocked loco traffic between Ranaghat and Sealdah station.

The agitators squatted at three stations, Ranaghat, Simurally and Madanpur, this morning disrupting traffic and also blocked the national highway as a result of which traffic to North Bengal linking South Bengal got stranded for hours.
Senior civil and police officials rushed to the spot to talk to the agitators for lifting the blockade both on highway and loco tracks.

Report of violent political clashes also poured in from different districts between the TMC and the BJP to lord over the area in the post-result situation.Clashes were reported from Keshpur, Cooch Behar, Duttapukur and Deganga and tension was still reigning supreme in Barrackpore region's Kakinara.Nearly 12 people were injured at Deganga, where central forces were deployed to restore the situation. The area was also under Section 144 Cr Pc.Meanwhile, TMC supremo and chief minister Mamata Banerjee was now heading a party meeting at her Kalighat residence to review the election results, which cracked the confidence of the ruling party ahead of 2021 Assembly poll.

The BJP made a huge dent in the TMC bastion, winning 18 seats, a jump by 16 seats from 2014, and the TMC was reduced to 22 from 34 and the Congress was truncated to 2 from 4, while the CPI(M) drew blank for the first time in decades since it was formed in early 60s.

All 18 newly elected BJP MPs today flew to New Delhi to call on central leaders.Rumour is doing round that Mukul Roy, who founded the TMC along with Ms Banerjee, will get a ministerial berth in PM Narendra Modi's second government. Roy played an instrumental role for BJP's unprecedented success in Bengal.