Leader of Opposition Abdul Mannan, along with Sujan Chakraborty on Thursday, visited Panicoba village where an uneasy calm prevails following series of clashes between CPI(M) and Trinamool Congress supporters earlier this month.
The leaders were not allowed to enter the village because of prohibitory order under Section 144 CrPC. The team went to the CPI(M) district committee office in Barasat and chalked out the plan of the movement to restore peace.
Mannan alleged that despite requests, the state government did not take proper measures to stop violence in the area and help those who had left the village to come back. He said he would give seven day’s ultimatum to the state government and if no steps were taken within that time he would help the party workers to come back to the village and the state government should be held responsible for any eventuality.
The trouble in the village started earlier this month when some CPI(M) cadres attacked ATM Mohammad of Trinamool Congress when a victory procession in support of Rafikul Islam Mondol of CPI(M) was being carried out. Mohammad lost to his CPI(M) rival by 500 votes. In the evening state Food minister Jyotipriyo Mullick went to the spot and urged the villagers to maintain cool.
There has been a massive erosion of CPI(M)’s vote bank in Basirhat sub-division. Except Mohammad, in all other seats TMC candidates have won. BJP sitting MLA Shamik Bhattacharya was defeated in Basirhat South.
In a desperate bid to gain back ground, CPI(M) is inciting violence in the area to terrorise the villagers.
It may be recalled to save the Bengal leaders from the wrath of politburo, state leaders are trying to spread the “violence theory” alleging that party workers had been beaten up by TMC supporters throughout the state.