3 killed in post-poll vi­o­lence in WB

Both the rul­ing TMC and BJP trade barbs, put blame on the other for deaths of ‘sup­port­ers’

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - DNA Cor­re­spon­dent cor­re­spon­[email protected]­dia.net (With in­puts from agen­cies)

Kolkata: Over the last 24 hours, at least three per­sons have been killed in post-poll vi­o­lence incidents in West Ben­gal, but both the rul­ing Tri­namool Congress and the BJP have slapped the blame on each other for these killings. Chief min­is­ter Ma­mata Ban­er­jee even went on to claim that the saf­fron party was “plan­ning to turn Ben­gal into Gu­jarat” but vowed that she will not al­low it to hap­pen.

The WB chief min­is­ter then claimed that around 10 peo­ple have been killed in the af­ter­math of the Lok Sabha elec­tions, and that eight of them were from her party and only two were BJP sup­port­ers. She, how­ever, did not elab­o­rate fur­ther on these deaths.

Mean­while, in a fresh out­break of vi­o­lence, three per­sons have been killed since Mon­day night, the po­lice said on Tues­day, adding that two peo­ple were killed when bombs were hurled at them in Kank­i­nara area of North 24 Par­ganas dis­trict. The third was killed in an al­leged at­tack

by un­known mis­cre­ants in the Purba Bur­d­wan dis­trict.

In­ter­est­ingly, even as there was no con­fir­ma­tion of the po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tions of the vic­tims, both the TMC and the BJP claimed that the vic­tims were their sup­port­ers and blamed the other for the killings. Fol­low­ing Ban­er­jee’s as­ser­tions, se­nior BJP leader Mukul Roy blamed her for the vi­o­lence in San­deshkhali, where three per­sons were also killed on Satur­day, and said that her speeches were “fu­elling” the at­tacks on sup­port­ers of the saf­fron party.

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