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The post-electoral violence in Bengal refuses to simmer down. After BJP workers and police clashed in Gangarapmpur area of North Dinjapur, there were reports of trouble in Basirhat.
The post-electoral violence in Bengal refuses to simmer down. After BJP workers and police clashed in Gangarapmpur area of North Dinjapur, there were reports of trouble in Basirhat.
Zee Media inputs stated that there was trouble in Basirhat’s Sandeshkhali. Basirhat is located in Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district and inputs stated that BJP and TMC workers clashes over taking off party flags.
 
Both groups reportedly pelted stones, hurled bombs and even opened fire on each other! It’s believed that one TMC supporter Kayum Mollah, was killed in the clashes and five others were injured. The political affliations of the other five are not known. At the time of publishing, West Bengal Police was tight-lipped about the casualty count. 
 
Massive police deployment has taken place in the area and the situation remains tense.
 
The BJP’s Bengal account claimed that 3 workers were shot dead. They tweeted: “@mamataofficial’s goons shot 3 BJP workers dead in Basirhat, West Bengal. She is getting desperate with each passing moment as she loses peoples' support. In her bid to retain power at any cost, killing opposition party members is the new normal in Bengal.”
 
They also claimed that four others were missing.
 
Earlier, several BJP workers and police personnel were injured on Saturday, after clashes broke out between the two sides over a victory rally being taken out by the saffron party at Gangarampur area of North Dinajpur district.
 
BJP workers "forcibly took out" the procession 'Abhinandan Yatra' without taking any permission from the authorities concerned, a police officer said.
 
When police personnel tried to stop the rally, irate BJP workers clashed with them, following which a number of people from both sides suffered injuries, he said.
 
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had on Thursday said victory rallies will not be allowed by any party in West Bengal, including the ruling Trinamool Congress.
 
BJP state president and MP Dilip Ghosh, who was a part of the rally, alleged that the TMC government is disallowing such processions, as it is afraid of the saffron party's rise in the state.
 
"We have won 18 seats in West Bengal and our vote share has also increased 40.5 per cent... We wanted to thank the people by organising these rallies.
 
"But, the state government is so afraid of the rise of the BJP that it is denying us permission to conduct rallies.
 
We will go ahead with the marches even if we don't get a clearance for them," Ghosh asserted.
 
Reacting to the reports of clashes, TMC secretary general and state minister Partha Chatterjee said the BJP is trying to "vitiate the peaceful atmosphere" in West Bengal.
 
"We also won 22 seats but we didn't organise any victory rally. The TMC does not want to disturb the law and order situation in the state," Chatterjee said.
 
On Friday, police registered suo motu cases against the BJP's North Dinajpur district leadership for taking out victory rallies in violation of the state government order banning them.
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