If lower rung Trinamool Congress leaders are to be believed, Haroa has turned into a battleground for two local Trinamool heavyweights -an MLA and an MP.
According to local sources, Haroa’s Gopalpur No. 2 panchyat areas are still simmering. “The arrest of 23 party supporters, including the leaders of both groups, enraged the party supporters. Senior district leaders, including the MP and MLAs, were asked not to enter the area till the situation was brought under control. After dismissing the Gopalpur No. 2 block committee, senior leaders formed a steering committee led by Trinamool district executive president Narayan Goswami to observe the situation,” a party insider said.
At least 18 persons were injured in the clashes.Six of them suffered bomb and bullet wounds in a fresh clash at Amta-Khatra near Gopalpur over control of the bheris at Ghagramari and Bhanur.
Several senior district police officials, including the ASP and SDPO, and their vehicles came under attack while they were trying to stop the fight.
State food minister and district Trinamool chief Jyotipriya Mallick, however, said that the party shouldn’t be held responsible for the clashes.
“If somebody gets involved in bheri politics personally , then our party will never take any responsibility of any offence done by any individual.The law will take its own course. We have dismissed the committee as two senior committee members were arrested,” the minister said.