Six people, including a woman, were killed and over 20 injured in firing by suspected armed CPM cadres in Lalgarh in West Midnapore district today even as the administration attributed it to a political clash.
The villagers, who had gathered to protest the demand by armed Marxist cadres that they volunteer for night patrols and arms training, were fired at from a house at Netai village in Belatikri gram panchayat in Lalgarh police station area.
“There is a woman among the six dead. The injured have been rushed to hospital where the condition of five is serious,” a senior police officer said.
Villagers alleged that armed CPM cadres, living in the house of a CPM activist Ranjit Dandapat for the past four months and for whom they were forced to cook and wash clothes, fired on them from inside.
Home Secretary Gyan Dutta Goutama said the incident was the result of a political clash between the Trinamool Congress and the CPI-M.