6 arrested for firing at Trinamool leader; bombs, weapons recovered

A local Trinamool Congress leader, Alamuddin Mollah, escaped unhurt after shots were fired at him by some miscreants in West Bengal's South 24 Parganas district. The incident comes ahead of the panchayat elections in the state.

6 arrested for firing at Trinamool leader; bombs, weapons recovered

The West Bengal Police on Tuesday arrested at least six people for allegedly opening fire at a local Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader. The arrests were made from the Goshaba area of the South 24 Parganas district of the state.

The TMC leader, a resident of the Battali area of Pathankhali village panchayat, identified as Alamuddin Mollah, escaped the firing.

In a statement, following the incident, Alamuddin confirmed he escaped unharmed.

"Around 1 pm, when I was returning from my day's work, they fired bullets at me but I was unharmed. I am the deputy chairman of the local booth 44, which is why they want to eliminate me from contesting in the upcoming panchayat elections," Alamuddin said.

"They want to take over my area," Alamuddin added, indicating an expanding internal clash in the TMC.

Meanwhile, commenting on the incident, police said locals in the area surrounded the miscreants after hearing the bullet shots.

"Upon hearing the sound of firing in the area, the local people came out and surrounded the miscreants. Upon receiving the information, the police of Gosaba police station came to the spot and arrested six miscreants," the police said.

According to Subedari Hali, Patankhali TMC regional president, the miscreants were allegedly hired by local TMC leader, Wajid Tarafdar.

"Tarafdar had employed his followers to create chaos in the area. He is doing it to increase his land holdings. Tarafdar had conspired to kill me as well," Subedari Hali said.

One of the miscreants also sustained bullet injuries in the incident.