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    West Bengal Violence: 400 Families Crossed Over to Assam; Given Shelter

    Hours after the results were declared, political violence erupted across the state, with at least eight people reportedly killed so far

    Guwahati: The ongoing violence in West Bengal erupted after the results of the poll were out on May 2 forced over 400 people, mostly BJP workers, from the state to flee to Assam on Tuesday.

    BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma said that around 400 BJP workers along with their families have reached the bordering district of Dhubri in fear of dangers to their lives.

    Sarma said the state government has immediately arranged temporary shelter to them.

    He informed, “In a sad development 300-400 BJP Bengal karyakartas and family members have crossed over to Dhubri in Assam after confronted with brazen persecution and violence. We’re giving shelter and food.”

    He also lambasted Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee and held her responsible for the violence. He tweeted: “Didi must stop this ugly dance of demonocracy! Bengal deserves better.”

    With different political parties accusing each other of indulging in post-poll violence in West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday held a meeting with the top administrative and police officers of the state.

    The meeting was held after Prime Minister Narendra Modi dialled Governor Jagdeep Dhankar and expressed “serious anguish and concern” over the “worrisome” law and order situation in the state.

    The result of the West Bengal Assembly election was declared on May 2, where Mamata Banerjee-led TMC won its third successive term by winning 213 seats. However, hours after the results were declared, political violence erupted across the state, with at least eight people reportedly killed so far.

    BJP said out of the eight deceased, at last six were its workers and alleged TMC for the act. The TMC has rejected the allegation and claimed that one of its workers was killed in Burdwan.

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