West Bengal Assembly elections: Before rule of law, lawlessness

Anti-rape protesters to overjoyous winners and sore losers — all at receiving hand as political parties target each other in post-poll violence

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Updated: May 21, 2016 10:39:19 am
Chinsura Goaltuli CPIM party office CPM symbol seen with TMC flag. Express photo Chinsura Goaltuli CPIM party office CPM symbol seen with TMC flag. Express photo

Hours after the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress returned to power with two-thirds majority, incidents of violence were reported from across the state.

Purulia

At Baghmundi, after Congress candidate Nepal Mahato emerged as the winner on Thursday, party workers had taken out a victory procession, bursting firecrackers. When Trinamool worker Lakshman Pramanik objected, he was reportedly attacked with a sharp-edged weapon killed. Later, Congress worker Barun Singh Munda was arrested for the murder. Mahato, meanwhile, has condemned the attack and promised strict action against anyone involved. Meanwhile, at Para and Raghunathpur, two CPM offices were allegedly razed by Trinamool workers.

North-24 Parganas

At Kamduni, the houses of Mausami Kayal and Tumpa Kayal — who had been in the forefront during the protest against the rape and murder of a college student in 2013 — were attacked allegedly by Trinamool cadres. Sources said as soon as Trinamool candidate from Haroa was declared the winner on Thursday, a local club in Kayalpara, where the two stay, was ransacked. Later, the houses of Kayal and Tumpa were allegedly targeted.

At Barrackpore, a CPM office was allegedly attacked by TMC workers. At Rajarhat-Newtown area, after CPM candidate Nepaldeb Bhattacharya lost to Trinamool, bombs were allegedly hurled at the residences of his polling agents — Soumyakanti Roy, Milan Singha and Ashok Biswas — late Thursday.

After the defeat of Trinamool candidate from Dum Dum North, the residence of CPM leader Manick Duttagupta at New Barrackpore was allegedly attacked by TMC cadres. When officials of New Barrackpore police station arrived at the spot, they were also reportedly attacked. Later, the police station was also attacked. “A group of around 30 people pelted stones at New Barrackpore police station late Thursday. Motorcycles belonging to police personnel were damaged and four police officials injured,” Barrackpore Commissioner of Police Nirag Kumar Singh said. The officer-in-charge of the police station, one ASI and two civic police personnel were among the injured. Twelve people, including Trinamool block president Sukhen Majumder and local Councillor Manoj Sarkar, were arrested.

In Dum Dum North, CPM offices in Nimta, West Birati and Durganagar was reportedly ransacked by Trinamool workers. In Basirhat South, the Congress office at Sankhchura Bazar was allegedly ransacked and set ablaze by Trinamool workers. Local Trinamool leaders, however, claimed Congress and CPM workers had clashed among themselves.

Hooghly

At several places of Chinsurah sub-division, CPM supporters were reportedly attacked. Houses and relatives of Kartick Malakar and Sunil Debnath — in Ward 1 of the municipality — was attacked allegedly by Trinamool workers. At Goaltuli in Chinsurah, a crude bomb was allegedly hurled at the CPM office by Trinamool supporters.

At Bandel in Chinsurah, motorcycle-borne men allegedly attacked the residence of CPM leader Shibaji Mitra and ransacked the party office at Bally crossing. Local Trinamool leaders, however, claimed it was the result of infighting within CPM.

Bardhaman

At Jamuria in Bardhaman’s Asansol, the residence of CPM zonal secretary Manoj Dutta was allegedly attacked by around 30 Trinamool workers on Friday morning. Dutta, who complained of police inaction, also alleged bombs were also hurled at his residence. Three CPM offices at Churulia’s Hathtala, Mondalpur and Jamuria Bazar were reportedly set on fire by Trinamool cadres. Instances of violence were also reported from Durgapur East and West in Bardhaman after Trinamool candidates lost.

At Raniganj and Pandabeswar constituencies in Durgapur, the office CPM labour union wing, CITU, was reportedly ransacked. Several CPM supporters were also attacked.

Kolkata

A CPM local committee office at Belgachhia West was reportedly ransacked soon after Trinamool was declared the winner from Kashipur-Belgachia constituency. A complaint has been registered at Tala police station. Trinamool, however, denied the charges.

At Entally, Trinamool workers attacked and robbed CPM zonal office on Gobra Gorasthan Road late Thursday. CPM candidate Debes Das alleged the incident took place in the presence of policemen. Winning Trinamool candidate from Entally, Swarna Kamal Saha, denied the allegations.

Soon after CPM won from Jadavpur, Panchsayar Sahid Smriti Colony turned into a battlefield. Trinamnool workers reportedly attacked locals, who were CPM supporters. When police reached the spot, bricks were also hurled on them, injuring three. A suo motu case has been initiated at Panch Sayar police station.

Birbhum

At Nanoor in Birbhum district, after the CPM candidate won, party supporters reportedly beat up Luthfa Bibi, a resident of Singi village and supporter of former Trinamool MLA Gadadhar Hazra. While she has been hospitalised, CPM has claimed the incident was the result of a clash between Trinamool factions.

Meanwhile, near Kirnahar in Nanoor, two Trinamool workers, also supporters of Hazra, were shot at. When contacted, Hazra said: “Though the CPM candidate has won in Nanoor, overall the party has not done well, and thus such attacks.”

West Medinipur

In West Medinipur, CPM zonal office at Shalboni was allegedly attacked by Trinamool workers. TMC leaders, in turn, blamed CPM workers for the incident. After CPM state secretary Dr Surjya Kanta Mishra lost from Narayangarh in the district, Trinamool workers, during a victory procession, reportedly damaged the CPM offices at Bakhrabad and Kutki.

East Medinipur

At Mayna in East Medinipur, RSP’s zonal committee and party offices were allegedly attacked and CPM supporters beaten up by Trinamool supporters.

South-24 Parganas

At Sonarpur South, Trinamool workers allegedly ransacked the CPM office at Panchbati Crossing on Friday morning. No sooner had Trinamool candidate Abdur Razzak Molla been declared the winner from Bhangar, the residence of Congress leader Abdur Rahman — Molla’s rival in the polls — was attacked. At Shahazadapur in Joynagar, a Trinamool worker’s residence allegedly set on fire by members of SUCI(C), which had lost the seat to TMC after decades.

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