BJP worker killed during clashes in West Bengal’s Bhatpara

Two persons have were killed and three injured in West Bengal’s violence-hit Bhatpara, just north of Kolkata, in clashes between unidentified people on Thursday morning. The state police chief, the Chief Secretary and other top officials are holding an emergency meeting after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s instructions.

One BJP supporter was killed while four other people were injured in the clashes. The deceased has been identified as Rambabu Shaw, a pani puri seller and BJP supporter. According to BJP sources, he died in police firing. Though nothing could be confirmed yet.

A team of police officers along with Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel has been deployed in the area, with shops, market places and business establishments seen downing shutters following the unrest.

Earlier, a 22-year-old college student was shot at on Wednesday morning at Bhatpara, North 24 Parganas, as post-election violence continued between Trinamool Congress and BJP.

Suraj Mondal, a BJP activist, was standing in front of a petrol pump when bike-bo-rne miscreants fired at him. State armed police and CRPF jawans were barely 60m away at the police outpo-st. Suraj is in critical condition at Kalyani Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Hospital.

Locals said the incident occurred around 8.40am, when Suraj was chatting in front of a tea stall. “Three youths in their early 30s, with helmets covering their faces, came on a motorbike that stopped in front of the tea stall. One of the pillion riders fired at Suraj at point-blank range.

The bikers then fled. We rushed out and saw Suraj fall to the ground, bleeding profusely. His father Jallu is our colleague,” said Bhatpara Reliance jute mill employee Bapi Mishra.