BJP-Trinamool clash rages battlefields, police had to fire tear gas

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Tensions escalated when clashes broke out between the BJP and the Trinamool at the corner of Shani Mandir in Mathabhanga town. Upon receiving the news, the policemen came there.

The BJP’s ‘Save Democracy Campaign’ sparked widespread tensions in several places in the town of Mathbhanga in Coochbihar. Trinamool-BJP clashes have so far injured six people. Both sides claim they have been attacked before. To bring the situation under control, the police had to throw tear gas in at least one place.

The BJP alleges that the Trinamool attacked the sub-divisional magistrate on Friday while he was returning with a memorandum. The vehicles in which Trinamool activists were returning were attacked. The glass of the car was broken by hitting it with a stick. The BJP claimed that the Trinamool had carried out a planned attack on them. The party’s district general secretary Abhijit Barman claimed that several BJP workers were injured in the attack.

Tensions escalated when clashes broke out between the BJP and the Trinamool at the corner of Shani Mandir in Mathabhanga town. Upon receiving the news, the policemen came there. The situation has to be brought under control by throwing tear gas cells.

The Trinamool has also complained of retaliatory attacks. They claimed that while returning with a memorandum on Friday, two grassroots activists of Hazarhat 2 village panchayat were leaving the mosque to offer prayers. Then the BJP workers attacked them without provocation. When another grassroots activist came forward to save them, he was stabbed with a sharp weapon.

Panic has spread across the city since Friday’s incident. Political conflict is nothing new to the people of Mathabhanga. But many have said they have never seen such tension before. Police are patrolling the city to bring the situation under control. But many are not panicking.