The police have identified the deceased as Jairul Biswas. Locals claimed that a clash had broken out between two groups over control of the area. “The entire area had become a battlefield. These two groups clashed over its political dominion. We locked ourselves in our homes. Bombs were hurled and we also heard gunshots,” said a villager, who didn’t wish to be named.
The TMC, however, claimed that CPM and Congress workers had conspired against Biswas as he had become instrumental in strengthening the TMC’s political and organizational strength in the area. They had engaged known criminals operating in the area to kill him, sources said.The Opposition denied the allegations and claimed that Biswas was killed by members of the TMC who were “angry due to his sudden rise in importance”.
The situation was brought under control after the police arrived at the spot, but the accused had fled by then. “The locals found the victim lying on the road bleeding profusely. They rushed him to a nearby hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead,” said a senior police officer.
Trinamool Congress’s booth secretary Jairul received severe bullet injuries on his body, he added. No arrests have been made in the case yet, said the police.
The Domkal Assembly segment, a CPM stronghold for 39 years, has seen over 100 Congress and CPM supporters killed over the years.
The Congress claims that there have been 27 killings of its party supporters in the 2003 panchayat polls, and 17 killings during the 2008 panchayat polls.
In the recently held Assembly elections, a Left activist, Tahidul Islam (30), was killed after being similarly attacked by crude bombs.