Satya Narayan Karmakar
Burdwan, Aug. 31: A 75-year old Congress leader died after being beaten up with iron rods, sticks and brooms allegedly by Trinamul activists in a Burdwan village last night.
Police said Satya Narayan Karmakar, who died at Burdwan Medical College Hospital early today, and his son Rajsekhar, 30, were returning home in Potna after attending a party meeting when they were attacked by a group of at least 50 Trinamul activists around 8pm.
Rajsekhar also suffered injuries and is in the hospital.
“We were around 50 metres from our home when the armed men and women attacked my father. He fell down but, even after that, the Trinamul continued beating him with iron rods, sticks and brooms. When I tried to resist, they attacked me too,” Rajsekhar said.
He alleged that Partha Mondal, a local Trinamul leader, masterminded the attack. Mondal is absconding, the police said.
District police chief S.M.H. Meerza said five persons, including four women, had been arrested so far.
The president of the district rural Congress, Aziqul Haque, said state party chief Pradip Bhattacharya would visit Potna tomorrow and meet the family of the victim.
“We plan to bring out a procession with Satyada’s body tomorrow. But the district administration has not given permission so far. The final decision will be taken after Bhattacharya arrives,” Haque said.
“Trinamul had been putting pressure on Satyada to switch over to Trinamul since the Assembly polls last year,” he said.
Haque said Karmakar’s “popularity” had worried Trinamul. Nearly 100 Trinamul workers in Potna and Pursa had joined the Congress a month ago.
Pradesh Trinamul Congress member Pares Mondal denied the allegations against the party. “Our workers have nothing to do with the murder. The Congress has framed Partha Mondal. The CPM is behind the attack,” Pares Mondal said .
CPM district committee member Abdul Rezzaq Mondal said: “We are a spent force in the area. Our activists are not involved in the murder.”