Midnapore: THE upa-pradhan (deputy head) of a Trinamool-ruled gram panchayat has been killed in a clash between fishermen and farmers at Bhagawanpur in East Midnapore district.
The clash, which started this morning at Bhagawanpur’s Mubarakpur village, has also left three persons injured and they are now admitted to Tamluk District Hospital. With tension prevailing, the administration has imposed section 144 of the CrPC and has posted a temporary police picket.
The deceased Trinamool upa-pradhan has been identified as Nantu Pradhan. To facilitate prawn cultivation, he had was allegedly draining in saline water Panjar Khal canal that provides irrigation to farmers of 11 villages lying under Gurgram and Muhammadpur gram panchayats.
The saline water began to affect paddy cultivation in the villages, making the farmers move a petition to the block administration a few days ago. Despite this, when no action was taken, the farmers themselves blocked the channel that was feeding saline water from Keleghai river to Panjar Khal.
Peeved at this, a group of fishermen from Pradhan’s camp attacked a farmer’s house last night. The farmers retaliated today morning, leading to a massive clash between the two groups. The Trinamool upa-pradhan died in the clash.