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Violence ahead of Bengal polls: Boy killed in Bardhaman blast; TMC man dead in Jhargram

A crude bomb went off in West Bengal’s Bardhaman city on Monday, killing a seven-year-old boy and critically injuring one other minor. The explosion occurred a day after a 50-year-old TMC employee was discovered dead in Jhargram district.

The victims in the Bardhaman incident had been recognized as Sheikh Afroz (7) and Sheikh Ibrahim (9). A preliminary report was despatched to the Election Commission after it sought a report from the chief secretary, mentioned sources.

Purba Bardhaman SP Bhaskar Mukherjee instructed The Indian Express, “The intensity of the blast, or what kind of bomb it was, will be probed by a forensic team…. The kids thought it was a ball, and they started playing with it, and it went off.”

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee talked about the incident at a public rally in Bankura.

Union Minister Babul Supriyo, who’s the BJP candidate from Tollygunge in Kolkata, accused the TMC of operating models manufacturing crude bombs. “What do you expect from a party that has made ‘khela hobe [the game is on]’ its election slogan? ‘Khela hobe’ is a hidden threat.”

TMC MP Saugata Roy condemned the incident, and hit out on the BJP. “It is a very unfortunate incident. Law and order are in the hands of the Election Commission. They should immediately apprehend those responsible….”

Meanwhile, police mentioned 4 individuals had been arrested in reference to the dying of TMC employee Durga Soren in Jhargram on Sunday evening.

Though the police have but to determine the precise trigger of dying, prima facie it’s suspected that he was overwhelmed to dying.

TMC chief Debangshu Bhattacharya instructed The Indian Express, “Some BJP people passed comment on his wife; when he protested he was beaten up brutally… Local police are acting at the behest of the BJP.”

The BJP management, nevertheless, dismissed the allegation and mentioned it had nothing to do with the incident.

In a separate incident, the home of an Indian Secular Front (ISF) chief was set on fireplace in Shapa in South 24 Parganas district’s Bhangor space on Sunday evening. Molla has alleged the TMC carried out the assault.

BJP gained’t fulfil promise of free ration: Mamata

Kolkata: A day after the BJP launched its West Bengal Assembly election manifesto, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee accused the saffron social gathering of making a false promise of supplying free ration and mentioned they’d “never fulfil it”. “The BJP has made a false promise of free ration. They will never fulfil it. BJP goons will come to your house and will seek votes. Be ready with household utensils to chase away such people if they try to force you or threaten you,” Banerjee mentioned at a rally in Bankura district. ENS

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