Siliguri, June 29: West Bengal minister for municipal affairs and urban development Asok Bhattacharya today alleged that some naxalite leaders were responsible for the June 26 violence at Chandmoni in which two workers were killed in police firing and several others injured.
Bhattacharya, who was sent here by chief minister Buddhadev Bhattacharjee, to get details of the incident told reporters that some naxalites, who had created trouble in the past, planted some anti-socials to engage in a clash with the police.
He, however, did not name any naxalite group or leader.
On the night of June 25, the police arrested four leaders of the tea garden workers, including Abhijit Mazumdar, son of naxalite leader, Charu Mazumdar.
None of the two victims were Chandmoni tea garden workers whom the naxalites had allegedly used to mislead the garden labourers, the minister said.
The clash ensued when the workers were protesting against
construction of a satellite township in the area.
Chief minister Buddhadev Bhattacharjee, who had told the state assembly that the firing could have been avoided, ordered a high-level inquiry into it.