New Delhi: In what may cause a major embarrassment to the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal, the state’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on Monday arrested two Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers in connection with the murder of two CPM leaders in the Burdwan district.
According to reports, the two TMC workers were picked up from the Mirzapur area of the Burdwan district by the CID officials.
The arrest comes nearly a fortnight after two CPI(M) leaders, including a former MLA, were brutally killed in Burdwan’s Dewandighi area by suspected TMC workers.
The deceased, Pradip Tah and Kamal Gayen, were both CPI(M)’s district committee members while the former was also the former MLA of Burdwan North constituency.
Another CPI(M) worker and a Trinamul Congress supporter were badly injured in the incident.
After the killing, the CPI(M) had alleged that its workers were killed in a “pre-meditated manner” by the TMC supporters and called for a 12-hour Burdwan bandh later.
Holding Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee responsible, Leader of the Opposition Surjya Kanta Mishra demanded her statement on the double murder.
However, the Trinamul Congress rejected the charge and put the entire blame for the mayhem on the CPI (M) itself. Trinamul Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee said that the CPI (M) leaders fell victims to people’s fury.
The police later arrested four people Choton Chakraborty, Patitpaban Tah, Suji Tah and Gopal Goswami in connection with the murder and extended search for others.
All those arrested by police were Trinamul Congress supporters.
First Published: Monday, March 12, 2012, 15:36