Barasat, April 19: A fracas over stringing up party flags in the run-up to the panchayat polls snowballed at Kasimpur this morning with Trinamul Congress and CPM supporters hurling about 20 bombs at each other and firing two rounds.
At least four persons were injured in the clash. Eight persons from both parties were arrested and two weapons were recovered from them, said the district police superintendent.
Police said the incident took place around 9.30 am when Trinamul supporters were putting up party flags at Netaji Daspara. CPM activists tried to stop them, triggering the violence. The rivals indiscriminately hurled bombs at each other.
Trinamul leaders alleged that CPM workers had assaulted their activists as the police stood by.
They lodged a complaint in the Barasat police station against several CPM members of the area and against the officer-in-charge of the station.
Cash, mobiles robbed
Three miscreants robbed Rs 1.75 lakh and cell phones from workers of an iron and steel company in Howrah this evening.
The crooks snatched the money, which the employees had withdrawn from a bank for payments, and the mobiles as the staff reached the factory gate on Girish Ghosh Road in Bally, said Howrah superintendent of police Rajesh Kumar.