A Trinamool Congress worker was beaten up and his house was damaged at North Srikrishnapur Village near Sutahata in East Midnapore late Monday night. CPI(M) backed goons raided the house of the party’s supporter Usrath Ali late Monday night. They dragged him and other members of his family out of the house and started beating them up with another group of miscreants ransacking the house.
Most of the valuables in the house were damaged. The miscreants had attempted to set the house on fire, but they failed and fled the area apprehending getting caught by other villagers.
Later, local people took the injured persons to the hospital where they were admitted with severe injuries. Their neighbours had informed the police. Policemen from Sutahata police station rushed to the spot and initiated a probe in this connection. Local people staged a demonstration in front of the police protesting against the attack on Trinamool Congress workers.
According to the local people, CPI(M) workers had threatened Usrath with dire consequences if he works for Trinamool Congress. Paying no heed to the threat, he campaigned for the party’s candidate and attended meetings at different places. Soon after the election in the district on May 5, he was threatened again.
On Monday evening, he had discussed about the result of the Assembly election with his friend. He told him that Trinamool Congress will form the government once again after winning the election with more than 200 seats. Some CPI(M) workers, who were passing by the area, intervened after overhearing his claims. Thus an altercation broke out between the victim and the CPI(M) workers.
Usrath felt that his house was attacked as he was trying to make people understand that CPI(M) workers were trying to confuse the common people by saying that “unofficial alliance” will do better result in this election.
A complaint was lodged with the police in connection with the attack on the house of the Trinamool Congress worker. The police were, however, yet to arrest anyone in this connection.
In another political violence at Bagnan in Howrah, houses of several Trinamool Congress leaders and workers were ransacked. Bombs were hurled outside their houses. The incident led to panic in the area.
Policemen went to the spot and arrested a CPI(M) worker with bombs from the area. Police pickets were posted to avoid further deterioration of the law and order situation.