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Birbhum violence: Governor suggests Mamata government should act


Kolkata, Nov 1 :

West Bengal Governor K.N. Tripathi Saturday said he has suggested to the Mamata Banerjee government to take appropriate action to address the plight of people in Makhra village of Birbhum district where a clash left three people dead.

KN Tripathy, West Bengal Governor
KN Tripathy, West Bengal Governor

With the administration clamping prohibitory orders in and around the village following the clash allegedly between activists of the ruling Trinamool Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party, opposition parties have claimed that the villagers were going without food and water.

“I have sent some suggestions to the chief minister (Banerjee) and I hope the government will take some action in the matter. The concerns of the people have been intimated to the chief minister,” Tripathi told media persons here.

Not allowed to visit Makhra and meet the villagers, the BJP, Congress and the Left Front which had sent delegations to the village, had approached the governor seeking his intervention in the matter.

Meanwhile, the state government Saturday announced a compensation of Rs.2 lakh for the families of each of the three people killed in the clash.

While the BJP has demanded a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the matter and has moved the Calcutta High Court, the Congress has given the state government four days to revoke the prohibitory orders and facilitate return of normalcy in the village.

At least 20 people have been arrested in connection with the clash which also left over a dozen injured.