12 Killed In WB Post-Poll Violence, Mamata Banerjee Appeals For Calm

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Just after the political war between the two powerful parties of West Bengal ended, several cases of violence rose up. Within 24 hours of election results, at least 12 people have been reported dead in post-poll violence in Bengal. This figure might be higher than the number of those killed during the month-long polls. Considering the present scenario WB would be Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has urged for calm though she has blamed the BJP for the violence.

On the other hand, BJP led president JP Nadda is scheduled to arrive in Kolkata on Tuesday who will hold a day-long protest across the country. He will arrive in Kolkata on the day when Mamata Banerjee will swear in as CM for the third time.

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Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar will be meeting BJP state chief Dilip Ghosh around 5 pm on Monday and Mamata Banerjee later in the evening for an hour, in order to discuss the eruption of violence with her and called for a report from the state authorities.

The BJP announced that at least six party workers were killed and scores of homes of supporters and party offices attacked, ravished, and set on fire across Bengal, from Sitalkuchi in the north to Kolkata in the south. The Trinamool Congress, on the other hand, announced five supporters were killed, of those three in East Burdwan, one in Hooghly.

Even a worker of the Indian secular front, a partner with the left and Congress in the Samyukta Morcha, was murdered at Bhangar in south 24 Parganas. Bhangar is the only seat won by the ISF, that is the Morcha.

Mamata Banerjee said, “Bengal is a peace-loving place. During the elections, there has been some heat and dust and calm. The BJP did a lot of torture, also the CAPF. But I appeal to all for calm. Don’t indulge in violence. If there is a dispute, inform the police. The police must manage law and order.”

Reports came that a 19-year-old youth was shot dead at Sitalkuchi in Cooch Behar district. The BJP party claimed he was a party supporter but his family is reported to have said he was not involved with any political party. Additionally, two Trinamool workers were reportedly beaten to death in the Jamalpur police station area of East Bardhaman district.

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A woman from the same area found dead at the Jamalpur hospital. She was the mother of a local BJP leader. During an alleged clash between Trinamool and BJP, a man – Ganesh Mallik, 55, – was killed at Raina.