9 Dead in Post-poll Violence in WB

In post-poll violence at several places in West Bengal, nine people were killed, one of them a toddler and one a teenager, and several others injured when the Left party workers indulged in pitched fights with opposition supporters. In the fight, they bombs, firearms and sharp weapons.

The conflict broke out short after the Thursday’s poll between activists of CPI-M and opposition TMC and Congress. In the violence, scores of houses either were set on fire or damaged.

The incidences were reported in places which went to poll in fourth phase. These areas include Howrah, Burdwan, East Midnapore and Murshidabad districts.

According to police information, four persons were killed in Uluberia Lok Sabha constituency in Howrah, two in Nandigram under Tamluk seat in East Mindapore and three died at Asansol in Burdwan.

Police sources said that at Udaynarayanpur, a 50-year-old man was killed in a bomb attack on Saturday. The CPI-M MP from Uluberia Hannan Mollah claimed that the victim was their party supporter.

A day before, a 15-year-old high school student, the son of a CPI-M leader, was killed at Bagnan in Howrah when miscreants hurled bombs at the rooftop where he was standing with other family members. Another villager was killed from bomb splinter injuries in the same area.

A youth, whom the CPI-M claimed was their activist, was shot dead outside a polling booth at Chandrapur in Howrah soon after the May 7 polls.

CPI-M and Trinamool supporters indulgede in violence at Simlan village of Burdwan on Friday. The fight left two people dead A CPI-M supporter was killed in the same district on Thursday.

In Nandigram, the two-year old girl and her father – a Trinamool Congress supporter –
died in a bomb attack Thursday night, East Midnapore district police superintendent Pall Kanti Ghosh said.

In Noadapara in Murshidabad, 10 people were injured as CPI-M and Congress activists fought in the fields and small village alleys.

Several children suffered splinter injuries, lost consciousness or were injured as bombs were rained at each other by rival party activists in these four districts.

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