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Syndicate clash in New Town

Calcutta, June 7: Two groups of construction material suppliers apparently patronised by the Trinamul Congress clashed in New Town this morning, once again highlighting the competition in the party over the sharing of spoils from the booming construction zone.

The two groups, some of their members armed with wooden sticks, fought it out in the open for about 15 minutes before police arrived and chased them away.

The site of the clash is barely 300 metres from the DLF building, the IT hub that is a landmark in New Town. The site is also a stone’s throw from the office of the additional deputy commissioner of police, Bidhannagar.

“I saw some people fighting. At one point, around 70 people were involved,” a roadside shopkeeper who witnessed the clash said.

“The police arrived within 15 minutes and chased them away. They are all Trinamul supporters.”

A police officer said the law-enforcers got to know about the clash at 8.30am. “Rapid Action Force personnel were deployed to bring the situation under control,” he added.

Police sources said the two groups that clashed were supporters of New Town Trinamul MLA Sabyasachi Dutta and the party’s Barasat MP, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, respectively. Trinamul sources said Dutta held sway over much of New Town.

Dutta said: “I have told the police to take action against anyone found guilty of any wrongdoing.”

One of Kakoli’s cellphones could not be reached and another kept ringing.