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Madan meets auto victim

Transport minister Madan Mitra on Sunday visited the Ghola house of Barun Santra, who suffered a nose fracture after allegedly being punched by an auto driver.

Mitra assured the Santras of all help and security and claimed that the accused driver, Debasish Saha, was a supporter of Citu. “The accused is a supporter of the CPM’s labour wing and has no link with our party,” Mitra said after leaving Santra’s house.

The family members of Saha, who has been booked for attempted murder and remanded in judicial custody till October 20, claimed that he was a Trinamul supporter.

“We have been supporting Trinamul for 10 years. My son is the treasurer of the local unit of the Sodepur-Madhyamgram auto drivers’ association, affiliated to the Indian National Trinamul Trade Union Congress,” said Ratan Saha, the father of the accused. Debasish’s auto, seized by police, had an INTTUC sticker and logo pasted on the windscreen.

Barun, in his 30s, was allegedly assaulted on Friday night while he was returning home with father Asit from their jewellery workshop. According to the complaint, Barun handed Saha a Rs 20 note and asked for a change of Rs 6, which the driver allegedly refused. In the altercation that followed, Saha is said to have punched Barun on the nose.

The youth underwent nasal bone reconstruction surgery on Saturday night at a BT Road nursing home.

The family members claimed that the police had initially refused to accept a complaint and registered a general diary only after one of them screamed in frustration at Ghola police station.