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Trouble again in Raina, houses ransacked

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Kolkata: Trouble continued to brew in West Bengal's Raina area on Thursday with the Communist Party of India (Marxist) alleging that Trinamool Congress supporters ransacked an office of the Krishak Sabha, its peasants' organisation, and houses of a few of its supporters, following the killing of two Trinamool supporters on Wednesday.

The Trinamool leadership, however, rubbished the allegation and claimed that a section of the police and the administration joined hands with CPI(M) cadres to unleash “state-sponsored violence” in the region.

Party chief Mamata Banerjee said in New Delhi that she had apprised Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram of the situation.

According to Bardhaman Superintendent of Police R. Rajshekharan, the situation at Jyotsesagi village was “under control” but violence erupted in the neighbouring Belsor, where a Krishak Sabha office and several houses of CPI(M) supporters were ransacked and a motorcycle was damaged.

The Trinamool observed a “Black Day” in protest against the killings and demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.

Senior party leader Mukul Ray announced that Ms. Banerjee would hold a rally at Bardhaman town on December 5. The Pradesh Congress Committee condemned the violence in Raina and demanded an explanation from the Chief Minister.

Two Trinamool supporters were killed and three others suffered bullet injuries when the police fired upon them in “self-defence” at Jyotsesagi under the Raina police station on Wednesday.

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