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CPI(M) demonstrate demanding bodies of its worker and his wife

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

The CPI(M) today blockaded a busy road here during office hours, demanding that the police hand over bodies of a couple who were burnt to death in South 24 district, hours before panchayat election in West Bengal on Monday, police said.

The CPI(M) blocked the crossing of Chittaranjan Avenue which connects north Kolkata with the heart of the city and Mahatma Gandhi Road that leads to Howrah railway station.

The blockade led to a clash between CPI(M) activists and policemen who tried to disperse the agitators and clear the roads for normal vehicular movement, police said.

Altogether 111 demonstrators, including 31 women, were arrested and all of them were released later on personal bonds, an at the Kolkata Police Headquarter said.

CPI(M) leader Sujan Chakraborty, who was leading the demonstration, alleged that the goons of the ruling TMC had assaulted and his wife and then set their house afire at Kachharabari locality of Kakdwip on the night before the panchayat election was held.

and local Trinamool MLA Manturam Pakhira had denied the charge earlier.

Chakraborty demanded the bodies be handed over to them and an immediate police action be taken against the culprits.

The incident was reported at the local police station under district and forensic experts have visited the spot, police said.

The police later said that the bodies have been already handed over to the relatives of the deceased.

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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 23:20 IST