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Elderly Women Hit By Stray Bullet During Night Football Match

2015-09-13 23:59

Renubala Sarkar at JNM Hospital in Kalyani Picture by PALASH SARKAR


Kalyani, Sept. 13: A 75 year old widow sustained bullet injury when a group of armed youths fired indiscriminately and hurled bombs during a day-night football tournament in Bedibhawan area of Nadia’s Gayeshpur on Sunday night. The elderly woman, whose left thigh was pierced by a bullet, had stood in front of her home adjacent to the Nagendrabala Girls’ high school ground at about 10.30 PM where the tournament was organized by a local club Tarun Sangha.

The woman, identified as Renubala Sarkar, was rushed to the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical college hospital in Kalyani where she was operated upon late at night. However, she was later shifted to the intensive care unit following her condition deteriorated.

Police has started a suo moto case into the matter and arrested two youths for interrogation.

Local sources claimed that even though a dispute during the final match between two clubs of Gayeshpur and Madanpur sparked the tension, the armed gang allegedly close to Trinamul Congress leader in Gayeshpur tried to exploit the scope to attack the members of the rival group members who were present at the playground during the incident.

Police sources claimed that the indiscriminate firing was part of the ongoing rivalry between Trinamul leader and Gayespur municipality chairman Maran De and party’s former town committee president Samir Ghosh.

Sources said, Ghosh earned the wrath due to his close proximity to Mukul Roy’s son Subhranshu Roy. On September 5, Ghosh loyalist slapped banner in which Subhranshu’s image was printed along side of Mamata Banerjee. This irked the party faction led by Maran De.

The Sunday night’s incident was to unleash a terror in an area where the Samir Ghosh has a strong base. “The miscreants who enjoy proximity to the ruling group wanted to terrorize us. They used the dispute during the football match and started firing and hurling bombs targeting the local Trinamul supporters. They even searched their rival activists in the Bedi Bhawan area mentioning the name and fired several rounds indiscriminately terrorizing the local residents for over half an hour”, a Trinamul activist said.

Victim’s daughter Maya Biswas said: “The miscreants fired at from close range. They actually had targeted a local youth, but missed the target due to darkness in night”.

In last week also a youth identified as Subrata Das alias Babusona was killed during a clash of between two erring factions of Trinamul in Gayeshpur.

Victim woman’s son Amal is a Trinamul activist and runs a shop of compact disks in Kalyani.

Trinamul leader Maran De has refuted the allegations. He said: “There was nothing political in the incident. It was a clash between two groups of supporters of two different football tournaments. However, a section of our own party men trying to malign us and the state government by creating law and order problem in the area”.

His rival Samir Ghosh said: “Number of miscreants has sneaked into our party in an alarming number. This youths have become ruthless and party has no control on them, who have been unleashed a reign of terror in the area”

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