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West Bengal: TMC candidate beaten to death as violence continues in Malda

According to police, TMC candidate Mustafa Sheikh was attacked and beaten by unidentified criminals in the Sujapur area on his way home in the afternoon.

Edited By: Nitin Kumar Malda Updated on: June 18, 2023 8:24 IST
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Image Source : PTI West Bengal: TMC candidate beaten to death in as violence continues in Malda

In the Malda district of West Bengal, a Trinamool Congress candidate for the panchayat election was beaten to death, and the party blamed the Congress.

According to police, TMC candidate Mustafa Sheikh was attacked and beaten by unidentified criminals in the Sujapur area on his way home in the afternoon.

He went to a hospital later, where it was determined that he had died.

"We are looking into the case. The body was sent for post-mortem examination," a police official said.

The attack on Sheikh was orchestrated, according to state minister Sabina Yeasmin, by former TMC activists who had joined the Congress after being denied tickets.

"Out of vengeance, they have killed our official candidate. We have asked the police to take action," she told reporters in Malda.

A sit-in was held in the area by TMC activists, who wanted the culprits arrested.

The district Congress initiative denied the claims.

"The allegation against us is baseless. The killing is due to infighting within the TMC. It has nothing to do with us," a Congress leader said.

Malda is regarded as the Congress's stronghold because it is a minority-dominated district.

At least six people have been killed and a number of others have been injured throughout the state as a result of widespread violence surrounding the filing of nominations for the three-tier panchayat elections on July 8.

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