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CPM attack finger at rival

Cooch Behar, Oct. 7: Tamser Ali, the former CPM MLA of Natabari, today alleged that he was beaten up by Trinamul supporters who tried to drag him to a party office when he was on his way to a meeting in his car.

In a complaint filed with Tufanganj police, Ali said some Trinamul supporters stopped his car at Maruganj around 11.30am today. Tufanganj is 50km from Cooch Behar town.

“The incident happened when I was about to reach party leader Gopal Roy’s house (where the meeting of the Krishak Sabha, the farmers’ wing of the CPM, was scheduled to take place). About 25 Trinamul activists pulled driver Sanjib Adhikary out of the car and started beating him up. They also grabbed me and tried to drag me out of the vehicle. The attackers then forced the driver to take the car to the Trinamul office at Maruganj bazar,” Ali said.

The former MLA said the Trinamul supporters had followed the car on motorbikes as it was slowly driven to the bazar. “The Trinamul members tried to force me off the car and drag me into the party office. They also beat me up. I somehow managed to catch a bus straight to Tufanganj police station and filed a complaint,” said Ali.

Later, driver Adhikary was allowed to leave with the car.

Trinamul state secretary Abdul Jalil Ahmed said Ali’s charges were baseless. “No Trinamul member was involved in any such incident.”

This is not the first time that Ali was heckled allegedly by Trinamul members. On October 21, 2008, when Ali was the Natabari MLA, he was attacked by Dipali Roy, the sabhapati of the Tufanganj I panchayat samity. After the Mamata Banerjee government came to power, CPM leaders, including Ali, could not return home for fear of attacks by Trinamul. It was on November 6 that Ali returned home for the first time after the Assembly elections.