Nine injured in Bengal political clashes

Kolkata, April 5 (IANS) At least nine people were injured in clashes between workers of the Trinamool Congress and the CPI-M in Birbhum and West Midnapore districts of West Bengal since Monday night, police said.

Around six people were injured when activists of the two parties, carrying sharp and blunt weapons, clashed at Labhpur of Birbhum district.

“There was a political clash between the Communist Party of India-Marxist and the Trinamool. Two-three people from each side were injured,” Birbhum’s Superintendent of Police Mukesh told IANS over phone.

The CPI-M alleged that its supporters were mercilessly beaten up and their houses ransacked by Trinamool activists in Labhpur for campaigning for the CPI-M-Congress alliance ahead of he assembly polls in the area.

The Trinamool, however, denied the charges.

Labhpur goes to the hustings on April 17.

Three people were injured in a post-poll clash at Shuknator village under Salboni police station of West Midnapore district, police said.

The CPI-M claimed two of its supporters had to be hospitalised with serious injuries.

A Trinamool supporter was also injured.

Salboni was one of the 18 constituencies where polling took place on Monday.

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