West Bengal post-poll clashes’ toll rises to 11 (Lead)

May 9th, 2009 - 11:20 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, May 9 (IANS) With two Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) activists killed Saturday in a clash with opposition Trinamool Congress supporters in trouble-torn Nandigram, the toll in post-poll violence in West Bengal has risen 11, police said.
“We’ve got reports that two persons were killed in a clash in Nandigram today (Saturday),” East Midnapore Superintendent of Police Pallab Kanti Ghosh told IANS.

At least nine others - including a toddler and a teenager - were killed and several wounded as Left activists fought pitched battles with opposition supporters using bombs, firearms and sharp weapons in several south Bengal districts in spiralling post-poll violence.

The fighting erupted after Thursday’s polling. Hundreds of houses were either set ablaze or damaged in the fighting in Howrah, Burdwan, East Midnapore and Murshidabad districts. All the troubled areas voted in the second phase of polls in the state May 7.

Uluberia Lok Sabha constituency in Howrah saw four deaths, two were killed in volatile Nandigram under Tamluk seat in East Mindapore and three died at Asansol in Burdwan, police said.

Police sources said a 50-year-old man was killed in a bomb attack Saturday at Udaynarayanpur. The CPI-M MP from Uluberia Hannan Mollah claimed the victim was a party supporter.

A 15-year-old high school student, the son of a CPI-M leader, was killed at Bagnan in Howrah Friday when miscreants hurled bombs at the rooftop where he was standing with other family members. Another villager was killed from bomb splinter injuries in the same area.

A youth, whom the CPI-M claimed was their activist, was shot dead outside a polling booth at Chandrapur in Howrah soon after the May 7 polls.

At Simlan village of Burdwan, CPI-M and Trinamool supporters engaged in violent clashes leading to the death of two Trinamool supporters Friday. A CPI-M supporter was killed in the same district Thursday.

In Nandigram, a two-year-old girl and her father - a Trinamool Congress supporter - died in a bomb attack Thursday night, police said.

In Noadapara in Murshidabad, 10 people were injured as CPI-M and Congress activists fought in the fields and small village alleys.

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