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Infight fells TMC duo

Burdwan, March 7: Two Trinamul Congress workers were killed and two others injured in a clash between two groups of party workers in Burdwan this evening.

Those killed in bomb blasts were identified as Imad Mullick, 32, and Sukchand Mondal, 30, both residents of Mousha village in Manteswar. The duo died of splinter injuries in their head and chest.

The two injured, Hanif Mullick and Salam Mullick, have been admitted to Burdwan Medical College Hospital.

Trinamul sources said the four were supporters of Laltu Sheikh, the secretary of the party unit in Manteswar’s Denur gram panchayat area. They had clashed with followers of local Trinamul leader Habib Sheikh.

Laltu alleged that Habib and his associates were involved in corruption.

“Habib and his followers have told the contractor to construct a road with inadequate material. They have also demanded money from him,” Laltu said.

“We were holding a meeting in an open space at the village to chalk out a protest programme when Habib’s followers hurled bombs at us,” he added.

The labourers laying the road are being paid under the central 100-day job scheme.

A police officer said: “A clash ensued and bombs were hurled by both groups. Two person were killed and two others were injured.”

Burdwan superintendent of police S.M.H. Meerza, said seven persons had been detained in connection with the clash.

“A police picket has been posted in the village,” he said.

Habib could not be contacted as his mobile phone was switched off.

Laltu and Habib are followers of Sajal Panja, the Trinamul president of Manteswar block.

Panja said the clash was the fallout of a feud between the families of Laltu and Habib. “There is no politics here,” he said, contesting the allegation of corruption.