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Trinamul Workers Attacked Bandh Supporters With Sharp Weapons

2015-09-02 22:51

CPI (M) activist Ahmed Ali Dhabak

The ransacked CPI (M) Badkulla local committee office on Tuesday


Krishnanagar, Sept. 2: Five persons including a student were critically injured when a group of bike born Trinamul Congress supporters allegedly attacked a CPI (M) rally with sharp weapons in Kadamtala area of Badkulla town in Nadia during the nation-wide strike called by the ten central trade union orgnisations protesting massive changes and the labour laws and privatization of some of the important public sector units.

The Trinamul workers had also ransacked a CPI (M) local committee office in Badkulla, spoiled cooked food prepared as lunch for party workers and ruthlessly beaten up two cooks for daring to cook food for bandh supporters.

This was hardly enough to satisfy the violent Trinamul workers, who later barged inside the Badkulla primary health centre and again ruthlessly beaten up the injured bandh supporters with wickets when they brought there for medical treatment.

The injured persons include three bandh supporters of which a young gram panchayat member who was admitted to Saktinagar district hospital with deep injuries on his skull as the bandh protestors attacked him with a hasua when he was walking in a CPI (M) rally. The other two injured persons include a class 11 student and a railway hawker whom the Trinamul activists did not spare in suspicion.

The trio sustained deep injuries on their skull as they were attacked by hasua apart from ruthlessly beaten up by wicket and stones. The trio was first taken to Badkulla primary health centre, from where they were transferred to Saktinagar district hospital in Krishnanagar.

Ahmed  Ali Dhabak (31), a CPI (M) panchayat member of Badkulla – II gram panchayat, who is also a teacher by profession had eight stitches on his head, while Ripan Sikdar (19), class 11 student and Kishore Sikdar (28), a railway hawker had got 7 stitches each on their heads.

Police has, however, surprisingly enough have arrested two CPI (M) workers on the basis of a complaint lodged by the Trinamul at Taherpur police station after the incident.

Nadia superintendant of police Bharat Lal Meena said: “We have started investigation into the matter and have already arrested two CPI (M) supporters”.

CPI (M) Nadia district committee member Supratip Roy, who was also injured in the attack said: “This horrible to imagine that a simple rally in support of the bandh could be attacked with sharp weapon. The police witnessed the attack silently and then arrested two of our workers”.

Trinamul’s Nadia district president Gourisankar Dutta refuted the allegation of having any role of the party workers behind the attack. He said: “The local businessmen became united and clashed with the bandh supporters when they were forcing them to shut down their shops in Badkulla market”.

However, local sources said that Trinamul’s Hanskhali block president Dulal Biswas and his associate led the attack on the bandh supporters.

CPI (M) Badkulla local committee secretary Mahananda Sarkar said: “We started rally in the morning appealing people to support the strike and walked around the town. When we reached Kadamtala a group of about 30 youth hold Trinamul’s flag on bike blocked our way. They were armed with wickets, hasua, ram-da and stones. They started abusing us and asked to leave the area. When we protested they started beating us mercilessly. We all dispersed and started fleeing in fear. The police mutely watched the attack. They later went to our party office and ransacked it, spoiled our food and beaten up the cooks”.

Ahmed  Ali Dhabak, a CPI (M) panchayat member said: “They ruthlessly beating us with wicked. They attacked me with hasua and three others as we protested their act”.

Student Ripan Sikdar said, “I was going to market to purchase application form for a job when I saw people running for life with some people chasing others with wickets and sharp weapon. I tried to flee, but some got hold of me and beaten up ruthlessly and then tried to hack me with a hasua”

They again attacked us when we reached the hospital, but some doctors saved us, he added.

Meanwhile Normal life was crippled in various parts of Nadia during the day-long nation-wide strike

Except the government offices most of the towns in the district witnessed a deserted look as people preferred to remain at home despite the rail and other modes of communication run near normal across the district.

Attendance of state government employees were 99% in the district, said district magistrate Vijay Bharti.

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