Put up-election violence kills six in jap India | Asia Information
Supporters of Trinamool Congress (TMC) celebration have a good time their celebration‘s lead within the West Bengal state legislative meeting elections in the course of the ongoing counting course of in Kolkata on Might 2, 2021. (PHOTO / Newpaper24)
At the very least six folks have been killed in post-election violence in India’s West Bengal state, police officers mentioned on Wednesday, after a regional group beat Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party in a bitterly fought contest.
West Bengal has a historical past of political violence, together with flare-ups after elections
The regional Trinamool Congress (TMC) retained management of the populous jap state in outcomes declared on Sunday, with Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Occasion (BJP) rising as the primary opposition there for the primary time.
A senior West Bengal police official mentioned the violence had been notably intense in not less than six districts scattered throughout the state, with properties of some 100 political staff from each side attacked and vandalised.
“In Cooch Behar district in North Bengal there have been not less than 25 separate clashes between TMC and BJP staff ever for the reason that outcomes have been declared,” the official mentioned, declining to be recognized as he isn’t authorised to talk to media.
Each events mentioned their staff have been being focused by rivals.
“Our celebration staff are being hounded out within the rural belts and homes have been torched,” mentioned Shisir Bajoria of the BJP, which staged a sit-in protest at its headquarters within the state’s capital metropolis, Kolkata.
Subrata Mukherjee, a senior TMC chief, advised Newpaper24 that not less than two of the celebration’s staff had been killed in current days. “It was the TMC staff who have been on the receiving finish,” Mukherjee mentioned.
West Bengal has a historical past of political violence, together with flare-ups after elections. After the final common election in 2019, which Modi received convincingly, not less than 15 folks have been killed in clashes.
India’s Nationwide Human Rights Fee mentioned on Tuesday it will ship an investigation staff to the state.
TMC chief Mamata Banerjee, who was sworn in as West Bengal’s chief minister for the third time on Wednesday, mentioned there had been sporadic violence, and blamed the BJP for it.
“I’m for peace,” Banerjee advised reporters. “I’ll attraction to all sides to comprise violence.”