Trinamul flags on the land near Durgapur. (Arup Sarkar)
Durgapur, Aug. 16: Alleged Trinamul workers planted party flags and posters of Mamata Banerjee on the land of a CPM supporter near Durgapur yesterday after he refused to switch over.
The Trinamul activists also allegedly said they would set up a party office on the 4-cottah plot, which has been lying unused for six years.
The patta (land right) was given to Paranganj resident Sisir Pal by the Left government in 1995. He used to grow vegetables on the land till his death six years ago.
His elder son Jagabandhu is now the owner of the plot.
“Local Trinamul workers had been threatening me with dire consequences for the past two weeks if I did not sever ties with the CPM. The Trinamul activists said my father got the land because he was loyal to the CPM. They said as the CPM was no longer in power, I would have to return the plot,” Jagabandhu said.
Jagabandhu, who is a temporary worker at the local Jemua gram panchayat office, has lodged a complaint with police and the sub-divisional officer of Durgapur.
Around 9am yesterday, a group of Trinamul workers led by local leader Dibakar Ghosh hoisted the national flag on the land as part of the party’s Independence Day celebrations. They also planted party flags and Mamata’s posters on the plot.
Jagabandhu’s wife Aparna tried to stop the Trinamul workers but was allegedly assaulted by them.
“They told me they would build a party office on the land. When I confronted them, they slapped me and pushed me down,” Aparna said.
Jagabandhu too was allegedly beaten up.
“We fenced off the plot after my father died as I do not know farming and was busy with my job. I have decided to hire labourers to till the land because I need money for my children’s education,” Jagabandhu said.
CPM local committee secretary Pankaj Roy Sarkar said Trinamul was trying to create panic in the area before the panchayat polls.
Trinamul leader Ghosh said: “The Pals got the land because they are CPM supporters. It was lying unused, so we want to give it to poor people. We also plan to build a party office on a portion of the land.”