Barasat, Oct. 20: A fight between two villagers over Rs 700 snowballed into a clash, killing two persons in North 24-Parganas this morning.
Police in Haroa said youths backed by rival factions of the Trinamul Congress fought with bombs and bullets. While Nausar Molla, 32, and Jamshed Ali, 34, died, three others have been admitted to RG Kar Medical College Hospital with serious injuries in the hands and legs.
According to the police, villager Keyamat Mollah had taken Rs 1,200 from farmer Koda Gazi to supply fish feed in his fishery four months ago. When he failed to supply the quantity he had been asked to give, Keyamat was told to return the entire amount. But he gave back only Rs 500.
The two had gone to local Trinamul MLA Julfikar Ali Mollah for a settlement. “I offered Koda Rs 500 from my pocket. But he refused and went away,” the MLA said.
It was not immediately clear if Koda and Keyamat were supporters of rival Trinamul factions.
Last night, Koda and his aides snatched Keyamat’s cycle, threatening to return it only after the full amount was paid. This morning, Keyamat, accompanied by some villagers, pelted Koda’s house with stones. Koda and his associates retaliated with bricks.
In the melee, the police added, a group of youths with criminal record and belonging to rival factions of Trinamul, fired shots and hurled bombs.
“While one group took Koda’s side, the other supported Keyamat. We are looking for the youths. They are on the run,” a police officer said.
Trinamul denied its workers were involved.
“Trinamul was not involved in the clash. Let the police investigate,” minister and observer for North 24- Parganas Jyotipriya Mullick said.