Trinamool Congress candidate from Gangarampur Assembly constituency Satyendranath Royand more than 10 workers of his party were injured when CPI(M) and Congress backed miscreants attacked their rally at Nandanpur in South Dinajpur on Wednesday.
Police said Roy, who is one leg short in his leg, was visiting door-to-door followed by a procession from Bikar to Radhanagar villages on Wednesday morning. Around 20 to 25 miscreants armed with wooden logs, iron rods and guns attacked the rally. The goons attacked after most of the Trinamool Congress had left the area after the procession and a handful of 15 to 20 workers were accompanying Roy during the door-to-door campaign. They started beating up the Trinamool Congress workers. Roy was manhandled when tried to save the supporters of his party.
The miscreants hurled bombs at the party supporters and opened fire in the air while fleeing. They continued beating up the victims till they fell on the ground. The victims and Roy was not in a position to retaliate as they were outnumbered by the goons.
Initially the villagers didn’t come out of their houses apprehending attacks in their house by the miscreants. But most of the residents in the locality stepped ahead finding that the goons would lynch some of workers of Trinamool Congress. Finding local people approaching to the spot, the miscreants fled the area. In a bid to escape without getting caught, the miscreants hurled bombs once again and opened fire to terrorise the local people.
Policemen from Gangarampur police station and jawans of Central Force rushed to the spot. They found the victims including Anarul Islam and Biren Halder writhing in pain and many of them were lying unconscious in pools of blood. Local people had initiated helping the victims. The police took the injured persons to the Gangarampur Sub-divisional Hospital. The villagers assisted Roy to reach to a safe place in the vicinity from where he contacted the senior Trinamool Congress leaders in the district. Senior leaders also visited the spot and urged the police to take necessary steps against the miscreants. They have also protested against the attack on the candidate of a party when he was busy in door-to-door campaign. Police have identified some of the miscreants based on the description given by the victims and the villagers. Police pickets have been posted in the area to avoid repetition of such incidents. The local residents in the area too protested against the political violence in the area where the election is scheduled to take place on April 17.