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Kolkata ,UPDATED: Jun 18, 2023 09:25 IST

By Rittick Mondal: Amid the ongoing violence in West Bengal ahead of the panchayat elections, a BJP candidate’s brother-in-law was hacked to death in Cooch Behar’s Dinhata. The deceased, identified as Sambhu Das, was called by some miscreants late last night who stabbed him to death, his family claimed.

Sambhu Das’s sister-in-law, Visakha Das, is a candidate from Kismat Dasgram. The body of the deceased was recovered by the police from a riverside. The BJP has blamed the ruling Trinamool Congress for the murder.

The murder comes close on the heels after a TMC candidate was beaten to death by some unknown miscreants in West Bengal’s Malda district on Saturday. The family of the deceased has accused local Congress workers of killing him.

The deceased, Mustafa Sheikh, was heading back home when he was attacked by the miscreants. He was declared brought dead when he was taken to a local hospital.

Also on Saturday, junior Union minister Nisith Pramanik went to Sahebganj in Cooch Behar’s Dinhata on getting complaints that TMC supporters were “tearing” BJP candidates’ forms.

Pramanik alleged TMC goons attacked him with arrows and threw stones and bombs at BJP candidates as well as party Cooch Behar president Sukumar Roy. “Democracy has been murdered,” he said.


Violence and arson marked the conclusion of nomination filing for the three-tier West Bengal panchayat polls slated next month. Several incidents of clashes were reported from different parts of the state as the police had a harrowing time controlling the situation.

At least three people were killed in poll-related violence in West Bengal on Thursday – the last day for filing nominations for the July 8 panchayat elections.

Two people were killed at Bhangore in South 24 Parganas district, around 30 km from Kolkata, while another youth was gunned down by miscreants at Chopra in Uttar Dinajpur district, around 50 km from Siliguri, in the northern part of the state, police said.

The violence in Bhangore erupted after armed men, allegedly belonging to ISF and TMC, hurled bombs at each other and opened gunfire.

The violence triggered a political slugfest between the opposition – CPI (M), Congress and BJP — and the ruling TMC, with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee accusing the opposition of trying to malign the state by orchestrating the violence.

She denied any involvement of her party workers in the incidents of violence, stating that the TMC has instructed its members to allow all candidates to file their nominations.

“In around 74,000 booths, some incidents have occurred in only two or three. Our party workers are not involved in those incidents,” Banerjee said.


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