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Trinamul worker killed

Burdwan, Oct. 1: A Trinamul worker was beaten to death in Burdwan’s Ketugram in what police said was the fallout of a party feud.

According to a police officer, farmer Anwar Sheikh, 50, was returning from the market this morning when he was surrounded by alleged loyalists of local Trinamul MLA Sheikh Shahanwaz. They accused Anwar of attending a meeting convened by the party’s block president Ratnakar Dey, the officer added.

“The group beat up Anwar with sticks and rods as Ratnakar Dey belongs to the rival faction. Anwar was admitted to Burdwan Medical College and Hospital, where he died in the evening,” the officer said.

The block president said Shahanwaz’s associates were behind Anwar’s murder. “It is his henchmen. They were led by Jahangir Sheikh. Shahanwaz was a harmad and joined Trinamul before last year’s elections. I will lodge a complaint with our party chief Mamata Banerjee,” he said.

Shahanwaz termed the allegations baseless.

At least three police officers, including a deputy superintendent of police, were allegedly beaten up by CPM supporters in Bhatar in the same district when the team went in search of a Trinamul leader’s kidnapped wife.

“This afternoon, a group of CPM activists abducted the wife of local Trinamul leader Debabrata Roy. When the police went to rescue Roy’s wife, they were attacked. The police had to burst teargas shells and resort to baton charge to rescue the woman. The injured policemen were taken to local health centre with injuries on their head, back and legs,” said Debashis Sarkar, the additional superintendent of police.

Five CPM activists were arrested.

A police officer said intermittent clashes between Trinamul and CPM activists had been taking place at the tribal village since last night.