WB: 3-Yr-Old Shot In The Head As BJP & TMC Clash Over Panchayat Board Formation

The Logical Indian Crew West Bengal

August 31st, 2018 / 6:17 PM

Panchayat Board Violence

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In the latest clash over the elections to panchayat boards which has claimed at least 10 lives in West Bengal since August 25, a three-year-old boy is battling for his life, after being shot in the head. The boy, identified as one Mrinal Mondal underwent surgery and is in a critical condition.

Mother of the boy switched sides

According to The New Indian Express, the shooting incident took place after the boy’s mother, Putul Mondal, who won as a BJP candidate, joined Trinamool Congress over the formation of panchayat board at Manikchak in Malda district of West Bengal on August 30. Reportedly, with Putul Mondal joining TMC, the number of seats won equalled for both BJP and TMC.

During the election of the Pradhan, the BJP and Trinamool were tied at nine votes and the BJP won the pradhan and deputy pradhan’s posts in a lottery to break the tie. Sanjit Mishra, BJP’s Malda district president told the Hindustan Times, “Putul Mondal was promised an amount in the range of Rs 5-7 lakh by TMC. When she went to demand the money today, Trinamool supporters declined to pay since they could not form the board.”

While the TMC supremos alleged that it was the BJP party workers who shot at the little boy, the latter denied all those claims. Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh told the daily, “You should demand an explanation from the ruling party for the culture of guns and bombs. We are being attacked. Our men are being killed and injured across the state.” Whereas, West Bengal panchayat minister Subrata Mukherjee said, “BJP-backed toughs shot a child and are now laying the blame at Trinamool’s door. Our chief minister (Mamata Banerjee) has spoken against the culture of violence all along.”

Clashes over Panchayat board formation

Reportedly, 10 people, including TMC party workers in West Bengal have been killed since August 25 in political clashes over Panchayat Board formation in different districts of the state. A panchayat board is set up to govern a particular area under a gram panchayat in rural areas. Majority of the boards were formed after the panchayat election results were declared in May 2018. However, a small portion was left until August after the Supreme Court on August 24 ruled out the possibility of a repoll for the seats that TMC had won uncontested.

According to the Times Of India, armed clashes took place between groups allegedly belonging to the ruling TMC party and the CPI(M) in the state’s North 24 Pargana’s Amdanga block. While three people died in the clashes, police have arrested 12.

Earlier this week, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee told media persons, “I have asked the administration and police to deal with such situations firmly. A group of people are targeting policemen, and one of our officers was badly injured,” reported Scroll.

Also read: West Bengal Panchayat Elections Violence: CPI(M) Worker & His Wife Charred To Death, 7 Others Killed


Written by : Sromona Bhattacharyya

Edited by : Abhinav Joshi

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