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Monday, May 21, 2012

Row between Cong and Trinamul regarding Murder in Scuffle over Mango Tree

MALDA, 20 MAY: Political row started after one person was shot dead and another injured in a clash which began with a tiff with cutting mango branch yesterday at Satgharia village of Milki gram panchayet under English Bazaar Police Station.. Four more were wounded in the clash and were hospitalized.

While the district Congress president Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury claiming Jafrul Sheikh (19), who was killed in yesterday’s scuffle as a member of an Active Congress worker’s family, blamed Trinamul Congress for the killing. “The familyl refused to quit Congress and so they had to pay the price. Use of firearms in a small scuffle over cutting branches of mango tree proves the murder was premeditated,” the Congress MP said. 

However, social welfare minister and district Trinamul president Sabitri Mitra denied the involvement of his party workers in the incident. Mrs Mitra said, “It has no connection with politics. Congress is trying to politically capitalize a clash between two neighbours.”

This may be mentioned that Runu had a mango orchard in that area. Of late the branch of one of the mango trees had grown to enter the area of one Hafiz Sheikh. Hafiz had earlier warned Runu in this regard but of no avail. Yesterday Hafiz and his associates had cut down the branch. This infuriated Runu who protested against it and the scuffle broke out. During the quarrel between two groups, Hafiz reportedly took out a gun and fired indiscriminately. Jafrul Sheikh (19), one of Runu’s relatives, was shot dead on spot while Runu too had shot on his arm and belly. Besides, the clash left injured Hafiz, Tinku, Babu and Gablu Sheikh. All of them were taken to Malda Medical College and Hospital.

Superintendent of police Jayanta Pal said that four persons were arrested for the killing and the clash. However, Mr Pal echoing the minister said that police did not have any information that it was a political scuffle. “Raids are on and we are probing into the matter,” the SP added.

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