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Trinamool claims slain PSBJC cadres as its own

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KOLKATA: The Trinamool Congress leadership rustled up a controversy on Monday after senior party leader Partha Chatterjee alleged that two supporters of the Police Santrash Birodhi Janasadharaner Committee (PSBJC) — who according to the police were killed by suspected Maoists — were actually Trinamool supporters who were killed by cadres of the Communist Party of India (Marxist).

Pradip Mahato and Biswanath Mahato's bullet-riddled bodies were found near their residences at Nandlalpur village near Jhargram in Paschim Medinipur village late on Friday.

Though no Maoist poster was found near the bodies, the police suspected that the killings were the fallout of a squabble among PSBJC supporters over the distribution of extortion money.

The Trinamool leadership, however, claimed that the duo were killed by “CPI(M) cadres dressed up as policemen” since the two were “in favour of change.”

‘Our party workers'

Labelling them “our party workers,” Mr. Chatterjee said that party MP Mukul Ray visited the family members of the two victims on Monday at the instruction of Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee.

After meeting the families, Mr. Ray told journalists that the two were killed since they wanted to protest against the alleged atrocities perpetrated by the CPI(M).

“We want to establish peace and development in the area and also demand the withdrawal of joint forces from the Jangal Mahal region,” he said.

Incidentally, referring to the killings, Ms. Banerjee on Sunday demanded the immediate removal of joint security forces from the Jangal Mahal region, saying that they were being “misused” by the CPI(M).

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