Union minister ‘attacked’ at poll rally

Malda: Khan Choudhury says bombs,bullets aimed at his vehicle,police deny allegations

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: July 17, 2013 3:01 am

Union Minister of State for Health Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury today alleged that miscreants fired bullets and hurled bombs at his vehicle while he was campaigning for the Congress’s zilla parishad candidate for the panchayat elections at Jadupur area in Malda. He said the miscreants were “supari killers hired by the Trinamool Congress”. Both the ruling Trinamool and the police have denied that the minister was attacked.

While Choudhury “escaped unhurt”,Congress supporters — led by Congress MP from Malda Mausam Noor — took to the streets and blocked the National Highway-34.

“We have lodged a complaint with the police. The miscreants belong to the Trinamool Congress. The ruling party’s leaders have conspired against me and hired supari killers who attacked my vehicle. They opened fire at my vehicle and hurled bombs though I have remained unhurt,” alleged Choudhury .

PCC president Pradip Bhattacharya said: “Several bullets were fired at Choudhury and a bomb was hurled at the vehicle in which he was campaigning. We know this is a Trinamool conspiracy. They do not want us to campaign in the area,” said Bhattacharya.

The Trinamool leadership,meanwhile,dubbed the incident baseless.

Cabinet Minister from Malda Krishnendu Narayan Choudhury said: “Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury was not attacked. Police personnel were there and they reported that fire crackers were burst at a distance. He is safe. It is an attempt by the Congress to malign the state government.”

The police denied any attack at Choudhury’s convoy. IG,Law and Order,Annuj Sharma said,“We have received a report from the district in which it was stated that explosions were heard from a distance.”

At Jadupur,26 gram panchayat and panchayat samitiseats have been won unopposed by the Trinamool Congress.

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