Situation tense in violence-hit areas of Bengal

    West Bengal Governor Kesari Nath Tripathi met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah to discuss the situation in the state after political violence claimed several lives in the state.

    Meanwhile, tension continues to prevail in several areas of the state, though the state government tried to play it down. In several places, workers of Trinamool Congress and BJP workers clashed leaving many injured.

    About four BJP workers were killed and a Trinamool worker was shot and hacked to death in the North 24 Paraganas district on Saturday evening.

    In the Sunday violence, about seven BJP workers were found missing. The BJP is observing a ‘Black Day’ in Bengal today to protest the killing of its party workers in Basirhat, about 70 km from Kolkata.

    The BJP called statewide bandh on Monday in protest against the police decision not to allow BJP men to carry the bodies of two party workers killed in clashes.

    The Centre had expressed “deep concern” over the continuing political violence in the state. “The unabated violence over the past weeks appears to be a failure on the part of the law enforcement machinery of the state to maintain the rule of law and inspire confidence among people,” an advisory sent by the Centre to the state government read.

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