New Delhi — Two members of India’s ruling congress () Party have been killed and nine injured by

Leftwing opponents, the Press Trust of India reported today.

The news agency said the Congress (l) group was traveling in a private bus to a party meeting yesterday near Matabhanga town in West Bengal state when they were stopped and attacked by men armed with spears, knives and other weapons.

The attackers were supporters of the Communist Party of India Marxist (CPIM), which rules west

Bengal in coalition with other leftwing parties, PTI said.

Police in Matabhanga stepped up patrols today to head off possible counterattacks but a protest strike called by local Congress (1) supporters passed off peacefully, PTI added.

West Bengal, one of the few states not ruled by a Congress (l) government, is renowned for its politically aware electorate, the ruling Left Front Government lost some ground to Congress candidates in national elections last December.

Article extracted from this publication >>  August 16, 1985