‘Outsiders‘ fomenting tension: CM

KOLKATA: Chief minister blamed “outsiders” from across state borders and also other places, and a section of central forces, for the violence over panchayat board formation in , Malda and on Monday.
The CM alleged that central forces were meddling with law and order, a state subject. Banerjee has appealed for peace in rural Bengal.

“The deaths sadden me. They lost two lives while we lost three. Why is there so much violence over gram panchayat board formation?” the CM said. Banerjee has asked senior leaders in the districts to control violence. She has also directed ministers present at the state Cabinet meeting to stay put in the districts. “Any death is unfortunate. I don’t support violence. I have already spoken to our party leaders at 20 places to contain tension,” she said.

The CM has reasons to believe that “outsiders” from other places are being brought in to foment tension in the villages, adding that policemen were attacked in Purulia. “The opposition led the attack. A policeman is seriously injured and is now in ICCU. The CRPF was providing security to BJP candidates and escorting them from Jharkhand. I have got complaints that in Midnapore‘s Dhenrua, central forces were taking sides. We are waiting for evidence,” the CM said.
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