Violence rocks board formation in Manikchak, two dead, three including kid injured

Report by: 
SOUMYA DE SARKAR/SAGAR RAJAK
MANIKCHAK (MALDA)
27 Aug 2018

Two persons were killed and three others including a minor injured as an alleged factional rift of Trinamool Congress relating to formation of board at Gopalpur gram panchayet turned violent today. Superintendent of police Arnab Ghosh had to rush to the spot with a huge contingent of police after Salam Sheikh, 20 and Azhar Sheikh, 60 died in clash between two groups of the ruling party.
District Trinamool leaders, however, blamed Congress backed goons for death of their supporters. How the Congress rubbished the allegation.
According to local sources out of 10 seats of the panchayat TMC and Congress won five seats each in recent rural polls. Although Congress members promised support to Trinamool during formation of board, TMC was divided over selection of the pradhan.
Former panchayet head Saifuddin Sheikh wanted his preferred candidate for the post while leader of another faction Jamirul Sheikh projected Serajul Islam as the candidate.
It has been alleged that a gang of miscreants entered Hukumattola village under Gopalpur gram panchayet and hurled bomb targeting Islam. Although Islam managed to escape, a splinter of the bomb hit a child playing there. The injured child was immediately hospitalized and then referred to Malda medical college & hospital (MMCH).
Soon after both the factions reached the venue of board formation. Jamirul Sheikh alleged that Saifuddin and his henchmen prevented them from entering the venue.
Both gangs allegedly opened fire and bombs were hurled one after another. Salam Sheikh and Azhar Sheikh were critically injured and declared brought dead when rushed to hospital.
Farooq Sheikh and Manirul Sheikh were injured too.
SP, Malda rushed to spot to take control of the situation.
Locals agitated before police officials saying stringent police arrangement in advance could have saved the lives.
Sima Bibi and Momtaj Begam of Trinamool Congress were elected head and deputy head of Gopalpur GP.
Dulal Sarkar, officiating district Trinamool president said that the violence was started by Congress backed goons.
Mottakin Alam, Congress MLA of Manikchak said, “Congress had no connection to the violence. It is the party's internal squabbling that led to the  death of inncocent villagers.”