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Clashes in Murshidabad

Behrampore, May 14: Murshidabad, which emerged bloodied from Sunday’s panchayat polls, was again rocked by violence today as Congress and CPM supporters clashed in three places.

Police had to fire seven rounds in the air to disperse the warring mobs. Eastern Frontier Rifles and Rapid Action Force (RAF) jawans of the state police have been deployed in some places to curb violence.

Six persons were injured in the most serious clash at Bharakati village in the Islampur police station area. The violence began after CPM activists torched a video parlour and several houses belonging to Congress supporters.

Bombs hurled reportedly by CPM workers critically injured three women at Madanpur village in the Raninagar police station area this morning.

Superintendent of police Virendra said 33 persons were arrested in connection with the clashes during the day.

District Congress president Adhir Chowdhury issued a veiled threat that the violence might intensify once his partymen start retaliating.

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