Local residents staged a demonstration by gheraoing Left Front chairman Biman Bose and other senior CPI(M) leaders when they went to reopen their party office at Entally despite being opposed by the owner of the building.
On Tuesday morning, CPI(M) organised a rally in the area in support of the party’s candidate from Entally Assembly constituency Debesh Das. Besides Bose, other CPI(M) leaders including Das was in the rally.
While passing through Chinrighata area, the rally stopped in front of a house owned by Raghunath Bera.
CPI(M) had a party office on the ground floor of the building. The office was close since the change of guard in the state.
Bera was astonished finding CPI(M) workers breaking the lock of the gate with the senior leaders giving them direction to “recapture the room”. Bera’s daughter and son-in-law Raju Bera had started staying in the room.
The house owner’s son-in-law protested and restricted the CPI(M) workers from breaking the lock. He told the leaders of the party that they started staying in the room as it remained close for the past few years.
“Where we will stay if CPI(M) recaptured the room?” he raised the question.
Policemen those were in the rally were sent to tizzy finding the CPI(M) workers breaking the lock.
They informed the matter to senior police officers. Officer-in-charge of Tangra police station rushed to the spot with additional force.
After reaching the spot, police found that CPI(M) leaders were gheraoed by hundreds of local people.
They tried to disperse the mob, but neighbours of Bera continued shouting slogans protesting against the attempt of the CPI(M) leader in reopening the office.
However, police had managed to bring the leaders out of the chaos after around half-an-hour.
Bera alleged that he had not been receiving rent from the CPI(M) since many years. The CPI(M) leaders, however, had to return after they failed to reopen the party office.
Later, Bera lodged a complaint with the Tangra police station and CPI(M) leaders have also lodged a counter complaint against Bera’s son-in-law.
It may be mentioned that Bera had lodged a complaint with the police against the party for illegally occupying the room without paying any rent. The police have also filed a chargesheet in this case.