Two Ministers of the Trinamool Congress government faced locals’ ire at Raiganj in Uttar Dinajpur district on Saturday when they went to a village where two Trinamool Congress leaders were killed.
The locals laid siege to the convoy of Minister for North Bengal Development Gautam Deb and Minister for Youth Services Subrata Saha. They also attacked police vehicles. Both Mr. Deb and Mr. Saha had come to the area to meet the family of the deceased.
When the locals learnt that the Ministers had arrived, they put up a road blockade. The police were compelled to rescue the two.
‘No arrests so far’
The protestors demanded action against those involved in the murder of the two local Trinamool Congress leaders on Friday.
Mukunda Das and Khirod Das were shot by motorbike-borne gunmen in broad daylight.
The locals alleged that no arrests have been made so far in connection with the murders.
“These incidents are aimed at halting the development work in the area which our government has taken up. Those killed were our supporters,” Mr. Deb said, adding that those responsible for the crime would not be spared.
Over the past few months incidents of political violence in the district are on the rise. Last month a political activist was killed in broad daylight in the presence of doctors at a primary health centre.