Clashes between CPM, TMC leave one dead, injure six

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Coochbehar, Jun 12 (UNI) Para-militatry forces were deployed today after bloody clashes between supporters of ruling CPI(M) and opposition Trinamool Congress left one dead and injured six at Toofangunj, about 30 km east of this town, bordering Assam.

District superintendent of police Anil Kumar said the body of graduate student Debobrata Pramanik (22) was recovered from CPI(M)'s Baraitola office of Nagkattigague. He was resident of Baraitola village under Nagkattiguj block.

The clashes occurred at 2030 hours last night between the rival's supporters where weapons were used at random leaving one dead and injuring six others critically.

While four bullet wounded TMC supprters were admitted to local hospitals, two critically injured CPI(M) supporters were taken to another hospital.

Both the CPI(M) and TMC claimed that the deceased was a supporter of their party.

The body after a postmortem was handed over to victim's father Shaymal Pramanik for last rites.

TMC today called a 24-hour Tofangunj bandh to protest the killing of the youth disrupting life and affecting traffic to neighbouring Assam as NH 33 was blocked by them.

TMC district secretary Rabindra Nath Ghosh claimed that firing had started from CPI(M) office on a party procession, which was denied by CPI(M) district leader Sunil Sarkar.

BSF and CRPF, soon after their deployment started patrolling at the trouble-prone areas to instil confidence in the public.

Around 10,000 TMC supporters today defying section 144 Cr PC took out a procession against the incident and demanded arrest of the killer.

They also took out a rally last night after the clashes broke out and gheraoed the CPI(M) office there demanding arrest of CPI(M) local leaders.

The district administration clamped prohibitory orders in the area.

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