Saturday, January 8, 2011

7 killed in West Bengal, Mamata parades bodies

The battle between the ruling Left Front and the Trinamool Congress in West Bengal has intensified and turned bloody. At least seven Trinamool supporters, including a woman, have been killed and 15 others injured at a rally at Lalgarh in West Bengal's West Midnapore district on Friday.

Trinamool leaders allege that Communist Party of India-Marxist cadres opened fire at their supporters. Trinamool leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay claimed that CPI(M) had let loose a reign of terror in the state.

"CPM is letting loose a reign of terror. CPM cadres are killing our men," said Bandyopadhyay.

A police officer said that the tragic incident happened at Netai village in Belatikri gram panchayat in Lalgarh police station area when some villagers surrounded a house suspecting it to be a hideout of armed CPI(M) cadre. They were fired upon from inside house resulting in the casualties.

Earlier, a CPI(M) leader identified as Dilip Mahto was gunned down in West Midnapore. Maoist posters were reportedly found near his body.

Trinamool Congress chief and Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee paraded the bodies of her party workers allegedly killed by Left Front cadres in Kolkata while accusing the West Bengal government of targeting her supporters.

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