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Trinamul 7 thrashed

Chinsurah, Nov. 9: Seven Trinamul workers were today injured in a clash over their alleged attempt to tear down CPM flags in a Hooghly village.

Three CPM supporters have been arrested from Napara, a known Left pocket, for their alleged involvement in the clash..

Villagers said over 30 Trinamul supporters on motorcycles today started tearing down posters and CPM flags that were put up for a party meeting two days ago.

Some villagers, police added, objected to the anti-CPM slogans the group was shouting, and that led to an altercation and then a clash.

The 30-35 Trinamul supporters were outnumbered and beaten up by the villagers with sticks and rods. Two suffered head injuries and five others were hit on the limbs. The rest escaped.

Bikash Kaora, who had to get five stitches on his head at Imambara Hospital, denied that the group tore down the CPM flags in Napara. “We had gone to plant Trinamul flags on light posts at Napara,” Kaora said from his hospital bed.

CPM district committee member Dulal Bhowmik accused the Trinamul activists of hiring goons to “terrorise CPM followers. They were outnumbered and we drove them out”.

The officer in charge of Haripal police station, Bankim Biswas, said: “Patrolling has been stepped up in the area.”