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Trinamul attack on ECL official

Durgapur, Sept. 21: An Eastern Coalfields Ltd employee was allegedly beaten up and his office ransacked by a Trinamul youth wing leader in Raniganj after he lodged a police complaint against him for disrupting production this morning.

The officer, A.K. Panda, was forced to get into a vehicle brought by leader Sanjib Mukherjee and taken to Nimcha police phanri, where he was allegedly forced to withdraw his complaint.

Villagers led by Mukherjee demonstrated at GK Nagar colliery and stopped work this morning demanding that ECL repair a local road damaged because of plying of coal-laden trucks.

Panda arrived at the spot around 10.30am and told the protesters to withdraw the agitation and allow production to start. He promised he would take up the matter with his superiors. But Mukherjee remained adamant and demanded a written assurance, which Panda refused.

“I contacted the police and complained against Mukherjee. Then the Trinamul leader barged into my office with others and abused me. They manhandled me,” Panda said.

The official was dragged out of his office and taken to the police phanri in a car by Mukherjee. “I was forced to take back my complaint back,” Panda said.

The ECL employee later informed the general manager of the Satgram coal mining area, Narayan Jha, and again lodged an FIR on his instructions.

The Trinamul leader denied the charges against him. “We were demonstrating at the colliery demanding that the ECL repair the road. Panda brought false charges against me. I never beat him up,” Mukherjee said.

The officer in charge of Raniganj police station, Uday Ghosh, said the police had started an investigation.