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Bengal: 10, including women and kids, burnt alive after TMC leader's murder

Sources reported a mob gathered in Baguti village and attacked and set fire to houses after news of Sheikh's killing

Bengal: 10, including women and kids, burnt alive after TMC leaders murder
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In a horrifying incident, at least 10 people ware killed after their houses were set ablaze in Rampurhat area of Birbhum in West Bengal early on Tuesday.

The CPI(M) alleged the victim's houses were set ablaze to avenge the killing of Bhadu Sheikh, a TMC panchayat leader, on Monday. Sheikh was killed after crude bombs were hurled at him in Rampurhat.

Sources reported a mob gathered in Baguti village and attacked and set fire to houses after news of Sheikh's killing.

A total of 10 houses caught fire. The fire department claimed 10 bodies had been recovered so far. Earlier, fire fighters who rushed to the spot claimed 10 women and two children were killed.

Forensic experts have rushed to the spot.

CPI(M) leader Sujan Chakraborty alleged the violence was a result of internal rivalries in the TMC.

However, Anubrata Mandal, district president of the TMC, denied there was any murder or violence and claimed the fire was triggered by a short circuit.

The BJP alleged the incident was akin to the mass killing of the era of CPI(M) rule. The BJP demanded imposition of President's Rule in West Bengal.

If it is confirmed the fire was set deliberately, it would be the first mass political killings since Mamata Banerjee took over as chief minister in 2011. In 2007, there were incidents of mass killings in Nandigram.

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