There was a shootout Morakuthhi village,

TMC’s district unit chief, Girithnath Barman, claims that he is unaware of the matter

Weeks before a by-election to Cooch Behar district of the Indian state of West Bengal, two people have been shot dead in a factional clash of the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC), police and the party leaders confirmed.

Violence erupted in the district’s Morakuthhi village of Debhata over establishing supremacy by two rival groups of the TMC on Sunday night when five others were injured too, reports Anandabazar Patrika.

Cooch Behar’s Superintendent of Police Sumit Kumar said the deceased are Mannan Haq and Mojaffar Hossain.

Of the five survivors, two received critical injuries, he added.

“There was a shootout Morakuthhi village, which is close to the border with Bangladesh. The two groups involved, ensued the clash over a local issue,” the police officer said. Despite some leaders admitting to the clash, TMC’s district unit chief, Girithnath Barman, however, claimed that he was unaware of the matter.

“Knowing nothing, I can’t comment on that,” he said.

Voting in four constituencies including Debhata under the West Bengal legislative assembly is slated for October 30.

Mentionable, five people were shot dead in a polls-centric violence in Cooch Behar in early April,.

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