Balurghat, Sept. 23: At least 10 CPM workers were allegedly thrashed by Trinamul Congress supporters during the election of a co-operative marketing society here today.
After the incident, CPM workers blocked the Balurghat-Gajole highway at Chaupathi near Gangarampur for almost an hour. During the blockade, a police vehicle was allegedly damaged by the agitators and 25 party supporters were injured when the police batoncharged to disperse the mob.
Trouble started at 11am when CPM workers alleged that Trinamul supporters were not allowing people to cast their votes for the polls to Damdama Union Marketing Co-operative Society. The society at Damdama, 40km from here, was under the CPM. The booth was at Narai and the polling had begun at 8am today.
The CPM alleged that Trinamul workers had thrashed a group of voters and 10 people owing allegiance to the CPM were injured in the violence.
“They beat up our people in front of the subdivisional police officer. Achintya Chakrabarty, a district committee member, has been taken to the Malda Medical College and Hospital with head injuries. Local leader Reajul Islam has been admitted to the Balurghat hospital. More than 10 party supporters are at the Gangarampur hospital,” said Balaram Ghosh, a district committee member of the CPM.
“The SDPO is partisan. When we blocked the road, he batoncharged us. At least 25 people, including Krishna Kundu, a district committee member of our women’s wing, were injured,” he added.
Biplab Mitra, Trinamul’s president in South Dinajpur, said: “The allegations are false. This is being done to defame TMC.”