Fresh clashes broke out between supporters of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Trinamool Congress in West Bengal's Birbhum district on Monday, leaving two dead and two others injured.
The recent clash was the latest in a spate of violence in the district between supporters of the political parties. Just two weeks ago, a BJP worker was killed in Birbhum, the second party worker to be killed in the last few months in the area, mainly due to increasing political tensions as BJP gained ground in the state during the Lok Sabha elections.
"The Trinamool Congress is concerned about the manner in which a large number of people from the minority community are coming out in support of the BJP. The party is apprehensive that it will be removed from power in 2016. It indulging in such acts of violence in desperation," BJP's state president Rahul Sinha was quoted as saying by The Hindu.
The fresh incident on Monday occurred in Makra village under Panrui police station wherein two people were shot at in the clash. The two persons succumbed to bullet wounds. Police vehicles were also reportedly attacked with bombs.
Section 144 has been imposed in the area and additional forces have been deployed, as per reports.