At least four killed in CPM-Congress clash in Murshidabad

Written by Political Bureau | Kolkata | Updated: Aug 24 2010, 09:54am hrs
At least four persons were killed in a clash that broke out between the CPM and Congress at Ghugupara village in Islampore police station in Murshidabad district in the morning on Monday. According to the police, three CPM activists and a Congress activist were killed and 17 persons injured in the clash. But the CPM and Congress camps claimed that a total of five persons were killed on Monday.

BL Mina, SP Murshidabad, said that the condition of four persons was critical and the police arrested 25 persons in connection with the violence. According to Mina, the political rivalry between the two parties came to the surface yesterday.

Ahesan Ali, the CPM zonal committee member of Islampore, said that the four CPM activists including a party leader were killed in a house after the killing of a Congressman at Gughupara early morning on Monday.

The clash on Monday morning was a sequel to an election to the Paharpur school managing committee Sunday night in which the CPM retained control over the committee. Elections to school managing committees are always filled with tension in the village. Whoever wins the managing committee gets the licence to appoint teachers, non teaching staff and other development activities.

In Murshidabad district there are 230 such school managing committees of which the CPM now controls 75 while the Congress has control over 164.

After Mondays victory, the CPM supporters went to Ghugupara and attacked a Congress supporter, killing him. Three others were grievously injured. The Congress immediately mobilised its supporters from neighbouring villages and a big mob then went about hounding out CPM supporters. A zonal committee member, Raul Amin, and three party activists Lalu Sekh, Anarul Sekh and Rabiul Sekh were killed.