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TMC leader killed in feud

Tamluk, March 4: A Trinamul Yuva leader was last night beaten to death allegedly by members of a rival faction in East Midnapore.

Chitta Bar, the 36-year-old anchal president in Patashpur, was returning home on his motorcycle after a meeting with party leaders around 11.30pm when he was attacked with sticks and rods. Six Trinamul Yuva workers who came to rescue Bar were also beaten up.

A patrolling police team found a bleeding Chitta lying on the road. The Trinamul Yuva leader and his six associates were taken to Egra hospital, where Chitta was declared dead on arrival.

The condition of three of Chitta’s aides is stated to be serious.

The younger brother of Chitta has lodged a police complaint naming a former Trinamul panchayat functionary and 17 other party workers.

The police have so far arrested three persons.

District superintendent of police S. K. Jain said an investigation had been started into the alleged murder.

“We have set up a police picket at Satsatomal village because of the growing tension in the area. Patrolling has also been intensified,” the district police chief said.

According to Trinamul insiders, a fight over nomination of candidates in the panchayat polls last year had created two factions in the area.

“We had brought this to the notice of the district leadership on several occasions. But last night’s incident made it clear that the leadership was yet to take proper steps,” a Trinamul leader said.

District Trinamul chief and Contai MP Sisir Adhikari met the Trinamul Yuva leader’s family members today.

“Those who had murdered Chiita were criminals. I have asked the police to probe impartially and punish the guilty,” Adhikari said.

Told that some suspected Trinamul workers were involved in the alleged murder, Adhikari said he would “inquire about the charges”.