Kolkata: Three people died and 30 were left injured when clashes erupted between workers of TMC and Opposition parties late on Tuesday night at Amdanga in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal over formation of the Panchayat board. Those dead have been identified as TMC members Nasir Haldar and Kuddus Gani and CPI(M) member Muzaffar Ahmed. Meanwhile, PTI pegged at 30 the number of those injured. Also Read - ‘Instead of Preaching in West Bengal, Fix Delhi’s Law And Order First,’ TMC Urges Amit Shah
It said clashes were reported from two places in North Dinajpur district. Bombs were hurled and bullets fired in the clashes at Daspara and Itahar GP under Chopra police station limits, police told the agency. The clash at Itahar broke out after Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers allegedly obstructed GP members from the BJP from voting to elect office bearers, the police said. It said 13 activists of the TMC and the BJP were injured in the clash. Five policemen were also injured and a police jeep was torched, they added. Also Read - TMC Wants Fresh Faces in Rajya Sabha, Prashant Kishor Among Candidates: Reports
Violence erupted in Daspara when CPI(M) and Congress workers allegedly prevented elected independent members from taking part in the voting, they said. The two parties claimed that these members had contested the panchayat polls with their backing, but switched sides to join the TMC after winning. Twelve people were injured in the ensuing violence and four houses were also torched. The situation was brought under control by the RAF and the police using a water cannon. Also Read - Kolkata Police 'Dilly-dallying' on Permission For Amit Shah's Rally, Alleges Dilip Ghosh
Residents also claimed that the police fired in the air, but that could not be confirmed. The injured were admitted to Barasat, Barrackpore and RG Kar hospital. DNA reported that live crude bombs in huge numbers were still lying in the area. Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel and police were rushed to the spot. Senior TMC leader and state minister Jyotipriyo Mallick visited the hospital to see the injured. More than ten people have been arrested and police are carrying out raids in the area. Meanwhile, a similar exercise of board formation in three other gram panchayats of Amdanga-Taraberia, Moricha and Bodai has been postponed, said DNA. In all, eight people have been killed over panchayat board formation in the past few days in the state.