Kolkata, March 20 (IANS) A Trinamool Congress supporter was killed by assailants allegedly led by a party municipal councillor over a land dispute on the eastern fringes of Kolkata Wednesday, police said.
“One person has been killed and some others injured in the clash related to a land dispute in the Dhapa area,” city police control room sources told IANS.
Addressing a rally at Jhilimili in Bankura district, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said she has ordered the arrest of the councillor, Shambunath Kow.
“An incident has taken place at Dhapa. I don’t know at whose behest the councillor has done it. I have ordered that he be arrested. He may be a Trinamool man, but the law is equal for everybody. He will also be suspended from the party,” Banerjee said.
The victim was identified as Adhir Maity. His daughter said that her father went to the spot following fervent requests after some people forcibly tried to “take possession” of a piece of land.
“My father lost his life as he protested. He was thrashed mercilessly. Councillor Shambunath Kow was present at the spot all through. He is behind this. We want his arrest and punishment.”
Police said there was tension in the area. “Police picket has been posted and additional reinforcements sent.”
Despite several attempts, Kow could not be reached for his version of the incident.