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Mukul aid for Tehatta victim

Tehatta, Nov. 27: Former railway minister Mukul Roy today visited the house of Ashok Sharma, who was killed in the Tehatta police firing, and handed over a government order promising Rs 2 lakh as compensation to Sharma’s widow.

The all-India Trinamul general secretary told Sharma’s widow Chhanda that he had come on being instructed by Mamata Banerjee. “The chief minister has also assured a job for your son,” Roy told Chhanda.

Roy also visited the houses of Akhilesh Ghosh and Sudhamoy Ghosh, who were injured in the November 14 violence.

On his way back to Calcutta, Roy addressed a meeting at a Tehatta auditorium, where Trinamul workers demanded that local leader Tapas Saha, who returned to the party fold two months ago after turning a rebel and contesting last year’s Assembly polls as an Independent, be given a “prominent post” in the party.

“We don’t want block president Sanjoy Dutta because he was inefficient in handling the violence that brewed over a Jagaddhatri Puja site in Tehatta. We think Tapas Saha is a much more popular leader and could have handled the situation better,” said Ramesh Dutta, a Trinamul worker.

Roy, who according to sources came out of the meeting after 10 minutes, said: “I have not come to Tehatta to discuss political matters within the party. I came to meet the family members of the dead on the chief minister’s instruction.”

The sources said there was much commotion at the meeting over the demand, which, they added, hinted at factionalism within the party.