BJP worker shot by TMC activist in West Bengal's Howrah, says police; 52-yr-old in stable condition
While the BJP claimed it was political violence, the ruling party in the state said the incident was a fallout of a land dispute between two neighbours
Howrah: A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worker has been shot at by a Trinamool Congress (TMC) activist in West Bengal's Howrah district, police said on Sunday.
He is being treated at a state-run hospital in Kolkata and his condition is stated to be stable, they said.
The BJP, claiming it was political violence, allegedly ransacked the TMC worker's house, while the police and the ruling party in the state said the incident was a fallout of a land dispute between the two neighbours.
The incident took place in Chandanapara in Bagnan Police Station area when 52-year-old flower trader Kinkar Majhi was returning home on Saturday night, a police officer said.
TMC worker Paritosh Majhi and some others stopped Kinkar Majhi, who is also his neighbour, and shot the BJP activist from a close range over an old land dispute, he said. They fled the spot when locals heard the gunshot and rushed to save Kinkar Majhi, the officer said.
He was admitted to Uluberia super-specialty hospital, from where he was shifted to a hospital in Kolkata, he said.
Local BJP leader Anupam Mallick, however, claimed the accused had issued death threats to the saffron party worker. "The BJP's clout is growing in the area and our worker was shot at to suppress this tide," he said.
TMC's Bagnan MLA Arunava Sen, however, dismissed the allegations and said the incident was a fallout of an old rivalry and does not have any political link.
"We have requested the police to bring the culprits to the book soon," he said.
Further investigation is underway and no one has been arrested so far, the police officer added.
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