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Bullets hit 2 in Malda road row

Malda, July 14: Two Congress workers suffered bullet injuries when alleged Trinamul activists fired at them in a village in Malda’s Manikchak this morning during an altercation over relaying a road under the 100-day work scheme.

Police said Selim Sheikh, 29, was hit in the right side of his chest and was admitted to Malda Medical College and Hospital, and Kalimuddin Sheikh, 24, sustained a bullet injury above his right knee. He is in Milki rural hospital.

Manikchak block Congress president Abhijit Mishra said local Trinamul leader Ripon Sheikh was behind the attack, a charge Trinamul has denied.

“Gopalpur panchayat had allocated funds under the 100-day scheme for an earthen road in Kalitola. A toilet built by one of our supporters was marked for demolition as it has supposedly come up in the way of the alignment of the road. But the road had been relaid twice before and no one had problems with the toilet.”

He added: “When our party workers resisted the demolition, Trinamul hoodlums led by Ripon Sheikh opened fire on our men and injured them.”

Manikchak in South Malda Lok Sabha constituency is 40km from here.

“Relatives of the injured persons will file police complaints later,” Mishra said.

South Malda Congress MP Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury said Selim had worked for him during the elections.

Trinamul MLA from Manikchak Sabitri Mitra said “Selim first fired at our workers but no one was hurt. The panchayat had asked the owner to remove the structure. I do not know who fired the shots.”

Malda police chief Prasun Banerjee said: “The officer in charge of Manikchak police station visited the spot. Police picket has been posted.”