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Bengal polls: Bhangar tense after killing of Independent candidate's supporter

IANS  |  Kolkata 

The situation in West Bengal's on Saturday remained tense ahead of May 14 panchayat election across the state, after a supporter of an for the rural polls was killed on Friday.

The police arrested local strongman of the ruling Arabul Islam on Friday late night and he was charged for attempting murder.

"Islam was produced before a district court on Saturday and he was remanded to police custody till May 22," the police said.

Soon after the death of the supporter, (26), hundreds of villagers in started protesting demanding action against Arabul Islam and his aides. Agitators on Saturday vandalised house of an Islam's and set on fire many houses, though police said the situation was "under control".

In fact, stocks of crude bombs were spotted from a garden adjacent to the house of arrested Trinamool leader, villagers said.

Molla, a resident of Bhangar's Machibhanga in South 24 district, died on Friday after an armed attack on a political rally brought out by the "Jomi, Jibika, Bastutantra O Poribesh Raksha Committee" (committee to protect land, livelihood, ecology and environment), which has been leading a movement against the construction of a power grid sub-station in the area.

On Saturday, the committee members took out a rally in Central Kolkata in protest against the murder. Surjya Kanta Mishra, along with several other Left Front leaders, took part in the rally.

Mishra held responsible for the murder.

State described Islam's arrest as an "eyewash".

has been on the boil for over a year now on the issue of construction of the sub-station.

--IANS

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First Published: Sat, May 12 2018. 23:00 IST
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