In what was a quick backlash to the heckling of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Finance Minister Amit Mitra on Tuesday by a group of SFI members outside the Planning Commission office in Delhi,at least two former CPM ministers were attacked by angry Trinamool Congress workers and over hundred CPM district and zonal party offices were torched by angry TMC workers by Tuesday evening in different parts of West Bengal.
Trinamool workers and supporters almost ran riot in several districts after the news of Mamata Banerjee being gheraoed broke out on news channels.
The attacks took place in Hooghly,Howrah,Bankura,Birbhum,North and South 24 Parganas,Nadia,Cooch Behar and Darjeeling districts,CPM sources said.
Within an hour of the incident in Delhi,the Trinamool organised protest rallies at the Gandhi statue and in front of the Writers Buildings in kolkata.
Left Front leader and former education minister Sudarshan Roychoudhurys vehicle was torched in Hooghly district while former land and land reforms minister Abdul Rezzak Mollahs car reportedly came under crude bomb attacks.
We were attacked and five of party offices in Hooghly district were ransacked. We condemned the incident in Delhi,but this type of backlash cannot be accepted too, Roychoudhury said.
According to reports,at least 35 CPM party offices were looted and ransacked in North and South 24-Paraganas districts from where Mitra won the Assembly election,said a senior CPM leader who is monitoring the situation from the CPM control room at the CPM head quarters in Kolkata.
There are reports of 10 party offices being torched in Cooch Behar district too,he said.
A former party MLA Akkel Ali and two local leaders Sheikh Sahabuddin and Durjay Mukherjee were injured and hospitalised in an alleged attack by Trinamool men at a party office in Bagnan in Howrah district.
CPM offices were vandalised Udaynarayanpur,Salkia and Domjur in Howrah district.
In Nadia district,CPI(M) offices in Chakdaha,Kalyani,Shantipur,Mohonpur,Gayespur,Madanpur,Kataganj,Haringhata and Hanskhali were reportedly ransacked. District CPM Secretary Sumit Dey alleged five party workers were injured in the attacks,a charge denied by Trinamool district leaders.
CPM workers were allegedly driven out of party offices and furniture damaged at Haripal,Tarakeswar,Pursura,and Chunchura in Hooghly district,sources said. Police said in Pursura,seven bombs were found from a CPM office after receiving a complaint from Trinamool.
CPM Bankura district leader Amiyo Patro alleged around 30 armed Trinamool workers raided the Marxist party office at Taldangra with the police remaining a mute spectator.
In Birbhum district,CPM leader Debashis Ganguly alleged Trinamool men from a procession came and vandalised the partys zonal office in Suri.
Immediately after the incident,senior Trinamool leader Industry Minister Partha Chatterjee held a press conference and said that party workers would hold spontaneous movement all over the state.
From tomorrow onwards,we will take our protest rallies in all the districts in the state. We will show the CPM how a spontaneous movement can be held.
In several districts it has been seen that the TMC workers have taken our rallies with lathis and bamboos in their hand. Several roads were blocked in the districts today by the TMC men protesting against the incident.
Things came under control only after Trinamool general secretary Mukul Roy appealed saying that Mamata Banerjee wanted peaceful protests and no violence in the state. The CPM culture and the Trinamool culture is not the same, Roy said.
We do not have a word to condemn the incident. But we appeal to our workers and supporters to hold peaceful movement.
Top CPM leaders,including former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Left Front chairman Biman Bose also issued statements meanwhile,condemning the heckling of the CM and Mitra by SFI protesters in Delhi.