'A gun battle between supporters of India's ruling right-wing party and a regional rival party has left four people dead and more than a dozen others injured in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal.
Police and security forces said Sunday the clashes broke out in the eastern state, which has been in chaos since Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won most parliamentary seats last month.
"Three of the dead were BJP workers while the other was a Trinamool Party supporter," an unnamed police official told the AFP news agency, adding that at least 18 people were wounded in the clashes.
Both the BJP and Trinamool accused each other of the killings . Local BJP leader Mukul Roy tweeted three BJP workers were "shot dead" in Sandeshkhali in West Bengal.
3 BJP workers shot dead by TMC goons in Sandeshkhali, West Bengal. @mamataofficial is directly responsible for unleashing violence against BJP workers.
We will be reaching Union Home Minister Sh @amitshah ji to apprise him of Sandeshkhali killings.
— Mukul Roy (@MukulR_Official) June 8, 2019
West Bengal State Minister Jyotipriyo Mullick, who belongs to the Trinamool Party, said one of the party supporters was "hacked and shot dead by BJP workers.”
"When he was on his way to attend a party meeting, he was hacked at first. When he managed to free himself, he was shot dead," Mullick told reporters in Sandeshkhali.'
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