Girl, 3 others shot at

Burdwan TMC workers behind attack on farmers

A 12-year-old girl and a woman were among the four people who received bullet injuries when a group of Trinamool Congress workers attacked them as they were working in a paddy field in Mangalkot area in Burdwan district on Friday.

The condition of all the four is said to be critical.

According to police sources in police, villagers were working in their paddy fields at Aaogram village in Mangalkot when a group of Trinamool supporters started hurling bombs at them and opened fire.

"A Trinamool faction led by Zahirul Mallick and Adai Mallick extort money from villagers for taking the paddy out of the field. This is a rule they have made in the village that if the villagers start taking out paddy from the fields after the harvest season, they have to pay money to the Trinamool leaders. Some of the families refused to pay the money, which led to the clash," said a local Trinamool leader pleading anonymity.

According to police, the injured have been identified as Hasem Sheikh, Pokiuddin Sheikh and Hosenara Biwi.

All of them were working in the fields when they were shot. Jhuma Roy, the 12-year-old girl, was passing by the field also got hit by bullets. She was carrying food for her mother who was working at the field. The victims have been admitted to Burdwan Medican College.

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