Bengal: Tension in Nandigram as BJP workers protest over party worker’s death

  • Bengal news: Tension rises in Nandigram as BJP workers demonstrate against alleged attack by TMC workers, prompting deployment of security personnel in the area

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Updated23 May 2024
West Bengal: BJP workers burnt tyres, blocked roads and pulled down shutters of shops in the area, alleging that the TMC-backed criminals were involved in the killing of Rathirani Ari (38), a BJP worker in Sonachura village.
West Bengal: BJP workers burnt tyres, blocked roads and pulled down shutters of shops in the area, alleging that the TMC-backed criminals were involved in the killing of Rathirani Ari (38), a BJP worker in Sonachura village.(PTI)

West Bengal news: Security personnel deployed in Nandigram, Purba Medinipur on Thursday following protest by BJP workers over a party worker's death. The BJP alleged that Mamata Banerjee-led TMC workers attacked on a few houses on Wednesday.

BJP workers burnt tyres, blocked roads, and pulled down shutters of shops in Nandigram, alleging that the TMC-backed criminals were involved in the killing of 38-year-old BJP worker Rathirani Ari.

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BJP workers called a bandh in Nadigram as part of its protest but withdrew it later.

A police officer said that Ari was killed and several others were injured after unidentified and armed motorcycle-borne assailants attacked them late Wednesday night.

“Ari and several other party workers were given the responsibility to guard a local polling booth last night. TMC-backed criminals attacked them. She was murdered and others were injured there,” BJP’s district general secretary Meghnadh Paul.

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Among the seven people reportedly injured, the condition of one was critical and the person was shifted to a hospital in Kolkata, he said.

TMC leader in Nandigram Swadesh Das dismissed the allegation, claiming, “There were some family disputes and the killing could be the consequence of that.”

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Another senior officer of district police said that an investigation into the killing of the woman is underway.

The Nandigram assembly constituency, which falls under the Tamluk Lok Sabha seat, is scheduled to go to polls on May 25.

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