Bandh to protest local CPI(M) leader's death evokes partial response

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Birbhum, Nov 22 (UNI) The CPI(M)-sponsored 12-hour bandh to protest the death of a local party leader in a clash between rival parties registered mixed response in the district today.

Government and private offices, banks, shops and business establishments remained closed. The CPI (M) had kept schools and educational institutions out of the purview of the bandh.

However, state transport and private buses and other vehicles plied normally on the streets.

Local CPI(M) leader Mostaq Ali (43) was killed and ten other party activists were injured when they clashed with Trinamool Congress cadres at Salan village in Bolpur block yesterday.

Police said about a thousand CPI(M) activists, carrying arms and explosives, attacked different areas at Bheramari, Debagram and Simuliya and Salan village.

The fight ensued between the two parties over a dispute involving 64 bighas of cultivable land.

The area had been a CPI(M) stronghold for a long time before Trinamool cadres won over it.


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