Several residents of Naoda village staged a demonstration outside the panchayat office Monday afternoon, alleging that the gram panchayat had not repaired the roads at the onset of monsoon and also the sewage lines had not been cleaned for many years, causing massive waterlogging in major parts of the village.
The residents threatened to permanently put a lock on the panchayat office if their demands were not met.
Meanwhile, some people, allegedly belonging to CPI(M) enter the office and ransacked the rooms. The furniture was destroyed and the computers were damaged. The employees of the panchayat department were taken aback by the actions of the miscreants.
They tried to stop the crowd from destroying government property and to convince them that steps had been taken to repair the roads. But their efforts were to no avail.
Gautam Chowdhury, pradhan of Kajigram gram panchayat said the CPI(M) had unleashed a reign of terror in the area since the Assembly election results were out in May this year. Trinamool Congress failed to open its account in the district. Local CPI(M) leaders had reportedly incited the villagers to stage a demonstration outside the panchayat office.
The attack was planned in advance and many important documents had been destroyed, he said. The police have started investigation.
However, Niharranjan Ghosh, an independent MLA said that Trinamool Congress supporters had ransacked the panchayat office after they could not tackle the crowd. It may be noted that the CPI(M) leaders and workers have taken a similar viewpoint throughout the state.
After bashing up TMC supporters, they have often called the attacks a result of TMC’s infighting. Search is on for the miscreants.