Rival supporters have regularly clashed in the politically volatile state where the BJP won 18 seats [File: Bikas Das/AP Photo]

Three supporters of India‘s ruling right-wing party and another from a rival have been killed in a gun battle in West Bengal state.

At least 18 others were wounded in the clashes that broke out on Saturday in the eastern state that has been on edge since Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) launched an aggressive campaign to win the parliamentary seats last year.

“Three of the dead were BJP workers while the other was a [regional] Trinamool party supporter,” an unnamed police official told the AFP news agency.

Local BJP leader Mukul Roy tweeted three BJP workers were “shot dead”

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