Violence rocks Bengal; Two killed at Bhatpara
West Bengal

Violence rocks Bengal; Two killed at Bhatpara

Agency News

Kolkata, Jun 20: Bengal continued to be on the boil since Lok Sabha election as at least two persons were shot dead and five sustained bullet and bomb wounds in a fresh bout of the clash between rival gangs in North 24 Parganas' volatile Bhatpara area just before the inauguration of a new police station on Thursday.

Combat forces had to swing into action to contain the violence and started route marching in lanes and by-lanes. Massive frisking was on to well out the criminals. Firearms and crude bombs were used freely compelling the combat police to lob teargas shells and resort to lathicharge to disperse the violent mob.The deceased were identified as Rambabu Shaw and Dharmendra Shaw, reportedly supporters of the BJP.

Unconfirmed reports said police also opened fire in the air, which was yet to be ascertained from the official sources.Five persons with bullet and bomb wounds were hospitalised.Bhatpara, Kakinara and other regions of the area under Jadaggal police station has been witnessing bloody violence since the last phase of Lok Sabha poll in which at least six persons lost their lives.

The area domination is the apple of discord between rival gangs with both enjoying political patronage, local people alleged.Today's fresh bout of violence was just before the inauguration of a police station, which was earlier a temporary police post, and DGP Virender was scheduled to visit.Prohibitory orders under Section 144 CR PC were promulgated ti thwart any further incident.The Bengal Government took serious note of the clashes and asked ADG (South Bengal) Sanjay Singh to take charge of troubled Barrackpore division.

Section 144 Cr Pc was clamped for an indefinite period at Bhatpara, where clashes happened for about 90 minutes between two rival gangs from 11 AM in which bombings and firing were indulged in at random.Two youth, Rambabu Shaw and Dharamvir Shaw, were killed and five others sustained serious wounds and were admitted to different hospitals.Of the injured, condition of four was stated to be very critical.

Ram Babu Shaw was a seller of golgappa or phuhka. He was in the market to buy raw materials. Family sources said Ram Babu Shaw was hit by bullet on his head.BJP's Barrackpore MP Arjun Singh said they were killed in the police firing.Eyewitnesses and local residents claimed that the two were killed in the police firing.They said police first lobbed teargas canisters, charged lathis and then resorted to firing.

Local people alleged that the miscreants fight regularly in the area of Kankinara, Bhatpara under Jagaddal police station and the administration failed to bring the situation under control. They said the common people have been in panic for the past 32 days since May 19.Police denied this, saying they fired in the air. Police said some 10/12 policemen were injured and the ACP car was vandalised.

The trouble cropped up before the inauguration of the Bhatpara police station today, a bifurcation of the Jagaddal police station, following unabated violence since May 19, the last day of Lok Sabha poll.BJP wrested power in both Barrackpore Parliamentary and Bhatpara Assembly seats.The opening of Bhatpara police station was postponed.State Home Secretary Alapan Banerjee told reporters at Nabanna that the government has taken the Bhatpara situation very seriously, where Section 144 has been imposed and ADG (South Bengal) Sanjay Singh asked to take charge of the area with immediate effect.

A high level meeting was held at Nabanna to take stock of the situation.Mr Banerjee said DGP Virender was on way to Bhatpara.BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya blamed the Mamata Banerjee administration for the current "chaotic" state of affairs in West Bengal.He claimed police firing led to the death of two youth at Bhatpara, where the BJP parliamentary team will visit and report to Union Home Minister Amit Shah.BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya today claimed police firing led to the death of two persons at Bhatpara in North 24 Parganas district and blamed the Mamata Banerjee's administration for the present "chaotic state" in West Bengal.However, police denied the firing.

He said a BJP's fact finding committee of Parliamentary team will visit Bhatpara and Kakinara under Barrackpore division to study the ground reality there and submit a report to party leadership and Union Home Minister Amit Shah.Mr Vijayvargiya said as per report he received two persons were shot dead and some received wounds.Party MP from Barrakpore Arjun Singh also claimed that the two were killed in police firing. One of the deceased received bullet shot on his head, he alleged.

Earlier yesterday, tension ran high in the same area following a shoot-out in which one person was critically injured.Some motorcycle-borne youth shot one Suraj Mondol from point blank range. The person started bleeding profusely and was rushed to JNM Hospital in Kalyani in a critical condition.BJP MP Arjun Singh, who deserted the ruling Trinamool Congress just before the Lok Sabha election to join the saffron brigade and romped home from Barrackpore Parliamentary constituency, claimed that the youth belonged to his party, while North 24 Parganas district Trinamool president Jyotipriya Mullick alleged it was the fallout of the BJP's internal squabbling.

It may be mentioned that Bhatpara has been hogging limelight since long for political violence one after another. Mr Singh's son Pawan Singh won Bhatpara Assembly bypoll this time, defeating Trinamool Congress' veteran leader Madan Mitra. (UNI)