Diamond Harbour: At least three people have died after armed miscreants resorted to indiscriminate firing and bombing on the car of Trinamool MLA Biswanath Das of Joynagar in South 24-Parganas.
The incident took place this evening near the Indian Oil petrol pump at Joynagar. The 52-year-old first-time MLA, however, has narrowly escaped the attack as he had alighted from the car a little ago.
Of the three killed, one is the driver of the MLA’s car Selim Khan alias Babu, a Trinamool aide of the MLA Sharif Uddin, and a passer-by whose identity is yet to be established. One person has been injured as well.
MLA Das and his aide were travelling by car to attend a party meeting at Baharu.
On dropping Das in front of the Trinamool office at Baharu, the driver and his aide went to refill the car at Joynagar petrol pump, located a few hundred metres away.
As soon as the car neared the petrol pump, a gang of miscreants emerged from a nearby lane and started firing on the car indiscriminately. They also hurled crude bombs.
The bullets and bombs killed the driver and the Trinamool aide on the spot. A passer-by, who got caught in the situation, has also died. A fourth person has been injured critically.
Police are almost certain that it was an assassination bid on the Trinamool MLA but luck has favoured him.
Senior police officers have reached the spot and trying to find out who the attackers could be by scanning the CCTV footage from the petrol pump.
Joynagar has all along been a bastion of the SUCI and it was only in the 2016 Assembly polls that Trinamool snatched it to its kitty.