2 killed in anti-CAA protest in Murshidabad

Delhi: Two people were killed and at least three others sustained bullet injuries when some locals opened fire and hurled crude bombs on a group of protesters demonstrating against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act or CAA and National Register of Citizens  in West Bengal’s Murshidabad district.

The deceased have been identified as Anarul Biswas (55), who died on the spot, and Salauddin Sheikh (17), who succumbed to his injuries on way to hospital. The three injured have been admitted to hospital. The incident happened near Sahebnagar market in the Jalangi police station area of Murshidabad district in West Bengal. The protesters claim that the attackers belonged to the Trinamool Congress (TMC), but the ruling party has denied any role in the incident.  There is no instruction from our party to suppress any anti-CAA or anti-NRC movement. We firmly deny the involvement of any of our party leaders in the incident. We have requested police to conduct an impartial probe and arrest the culprits,” Murshidabad district TMC president and MP from Murshidabad, Abu Taher Khan, said. The incident took place a little after 9 am. The protest was part of an all-India bandh called by the Bahujan Kranti Morcha . Locals said the demonstration was being held by members of the ‘CAA Birodhi Nagarik Mancha (Citizen’s Forum Against CAA)’, a new organisation formed about 20 days ago which has members from all political parties, including TMC. It was holding demonstration in different parts of Jalangi, demanding revocation of CAA.