In an irony of fate Majid master of Sashan in North 24 Parganas has refused to cast his vote on Monday in favour of the alliance candidate in protest.
Master was an uncrowned king of the area and he used to conduct elections on behalf of CPI(M) for over three decades.
“I will not go to vote nor will I sit in front of the television set to get news related to election,” he said adding: “I have fought against Congress throughout my career and now how can I vote in favour of a Congress candidate.” There is also the apprehension that local people will beat him up if they find him alone because of years of red terror he had unleashed in the area.
Majid was a teacher in a local school. He came in contact with CPI(M) leaders from student life and rose to fame after CPI(M) started forcibly occupying bheris owned by zaminders, most of whom were Congress sympathisers or supporters after the party came to power in 1977.
Over the years Majid became the uncrowned king of sashan area. He attacked hundreds of houses belonging to Congress supporters and set them on fire. It is alleged that he was instrumental in killing Congress supporters. But the police did not take FIRs against him and threatened to arrest the people who went to lodge complaints against him.
It is alleged that he had blinded a CPI(M) cadre and chopped off another’s leg for lodging complaint against him in party. With the help of administration he became a terror and during the election he conducted votes.
He is probably the only CPI(M) leader in West Bengal except the chief minister who had a police camp near his house. In the afternoon no motor cycle was allowed to go near his house and the riders had to push the bike as the sound might affect his afternoon sleep.
In 2011, Trinamool Congress put up a stiff Opposition and he had to leave the area. He stayed in CPI(M) party office in Barasat. Though he has been reinstated in Sashan, the administration believe that he might be attacked any day by local people.