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TMC Employee Killed, Several Others Hurt in Bengali Rural Poll Violence

<p>In skirmishes in West Bengal, which is gearing up for panchayat elections, a Trinamool Congress (TMC) employee was murdered and many other members of the governing party and opposition groups were hurt, according to the police.</p>
<p>Jiyarul Molla, a 52-year-old TMC employee, was shot and killed late on Saturday night while he was traveling home in Basanti’s Phulmalancha neighborhood in South 24 Parganas district, according to a police official.<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-53304″ src=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/www.theindiaprint.com-tmc-employee-killed-several-others-hurt-in-bengali-rural-poll-violence-download-2023-07-02t181826.765.jpg” alt=”” width=”1330″ height=”745″ srcset=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/www.theindiaprint.com-tmc-employee-killed-several-others-hurt-in-bengali-rural-poll-violence-download-2023-07-02t181826.765.jpg 300w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/www.theindiaprint.com-tmc-employee-killed-several-others-hurt-in-bengali-rural-poll-violence-download-2023-07-02t181826.765-150×84.jpg 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 1330px) 100vw, 1330px” /></p>
<p>The individual was transferred to a nearby hospital, where medical staff pronounced him dead. Despite being a personal friend of TMC leader Amarul Laskar, a local Indian Secular Front (ISF) politician said that Molla was a victim of infighting inside the governing party.</p>
<p>Manwara, a TMC candidate in Kathalberia gram panchayat, said that Molla’s daughter had also reported to the police about repeated requests to leave politics from a competing group but that no action was taken.</p>
<p>“I am running for the first time. A different local party group doesn’t appreciate my candidacy. I want an in-depth investigation of the situation, she informed the media.</p>
<p>Local TMC MLA Saokat Molla said that the police should look into the situation and act quickly to punish those at fault. According to police sources, 10 persons have already died in West Bengal as a result of election-related violence since nominations for the rural polls started being accepted on June 9th. In the meanwhile, skirmishes between supporters of the TMC and CPI(M) on one side and those of the ISF on the other on Sunday in Paschim Medinipur district resulted in at least 10 injuries, according to the police.</p>
<p>The incident happened in the early morning hours in Chandrakona’s Krishnapur neighborhood when TMC members attempted to raise party flags but encountered opposition activists’ resistance.</p>
<p>Another police official confirmed that the 10 wounded persons, who were from both camps, have been taken to hospitals where they are receiving care and that their conditions are stable.</p>
<p>He stated that a sizable police force had been stationed nearby. The number of persons detained or arrested after the altercations was not disclosed by the police.</p>
<p>Another instance involved Ibrahim Mollah, a TMC candidate in Chaltaberia gram panchayat, who was beaten and stabbed, according to police, while he was going home in the Bhangar neighborhood of South 24 Parganas on Sunday night after campaigning. The attackers were apparently ISF supporters.</p>
<p>ISF’s Bhangar MLA Naushad Siddique, according to TMC leader Saokat Molla, is allegedly responsible for the incident because he wants to wreak a “reign of terror” on the neighborhood.</p>
<p>Siddique, however, refuted the accusation and counter-accused that TMC members were harassing and threatening ISF personnel in rural areas. “Villagers are protesting the horrors and ‘bomb culture’ of the TMC, and Shaukat Mollah’s gang does not appreciate it.</p>
<p>The ISF supports nonviolent, nonviolent human movement, he said. On July 8, about 74,000 seats in zilla parishads, panchayat samiti, and gram panchayats will be up for election in the state’s three-tier panchayat elections, which are open to around 5.67 crore voters.</p>
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