(Top) The Trinamul Congress office building from where the doors and windows were taken away on Wednesday; and the Trinamul office in Bidhannagar being demolished on Thursday. Picture by Arup Sarkar
Durgapur, Aug. 30: A team of Asansol-Durgapur Development Authority (ADDA) officials today razed the two Trinamul Congress offices in Durgapur they had spared during an eviction drive yesterday.
The Telegraph had reported today how Trinamul leaders had put up pictures of the chief minister and luminaries from several fields at one of the party offices in Bidhannagar and dared ADDA officials to run bulldozers through them.
The officials merely dismantled doors and windows of the party office, prompting shopkeepers whose illegal outlets were demolished to cry bias.
Around 11am today, a team of about 20 ADDA officials led by town planning officer Arpan Chatterjee went to Bidhannagar with a bulldozer and first razed the Trinamul Chhatra Parishad office at Hudco more. Then they bulldozed the Trinamul’s office, Ma Mati Manush Bhavan at Bidhannagar. The operation lasted for half an hour.
A small DYFI office was also demolished.
The demolition drive also laid bare Trinamul’s factional feud in the area.
Leader Falguni Mukherjee accused the ADDA of demolishing the bhavan at the behest of his rival camp.
He said the ADDA team spared unauthorised offices of followers of Durgapur mayor Apurba Mukherjee and councillors Prabhat Chatterjee, Pramod Sarkar and Dipankar Laha.
Falguni demanded that these offices be also demolished.
“The ADDA demolished our party office at the behest of Sarkar. Why were the unauthorised Trinamul offices at City Centre, from where Apurba Mukherjee is a councillor, and in Fuljhore, represented by Dipankar Laha, not demolished? I demand that the ADDA raze all unauthorised Trinamul offices in Durgapur or else I will go on hunger strike,” he said.
Six Trinamul offices have come up on government plots in Bidhannagar since May last year.
Falguni, who is believed to have been sidelined in the party, alleged the four offices were spared as they belonged to the factions of Apurba Mukherjee, Chatterjee and Sarkar.
The chief executive officer of ADDA, Antara Acharya, said the authority was “impartial in dealing cases of illegal occupants on government plots”.
“We will take actions on all encroachments whenever we will receive complaints,” she said.
Bhim Mandal, a Trinamul leader close to Chatterjee, said he would himself demolish his party office at FCI
community centre more if ADDA issued a notice.
“I will abide by the rules and pull down my office if ADDA asks me to,” he said.
Some traders whose makeshift shops were demolished yesterday demonstrated today demanding rehabilitation.
“The Trinamul government had announced that it would not evict anybody without proper rehabilitation. Why were our shops demolished without proper rehabilitation? The former ADDA board promised to construct authorised shops for us. Sixty-five of us had applied to the then board and deposited Rs 2,000 each.
The shops came up one-and-a-half years ago but have not been handed over to us yet,” said Munshi Roy, whose meat shop of 14 years was demolished.
Acharya said the issue would be discussed in a board meeting tomorrow.