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Balurghat RSP office ransacked

Balurghat, Jan. 1: An RSP office in town was ransacked last night allegedly by two men who attacked the night guard and fled with party documents.

Police sources said the duo broke into the No. 3 town committee office adjacent to Balurghat municipality and Balurghat College and damaged a television set, furniture, festoons and party flags.

According to a party source, night guard Subhrajit Mandal was sleeping inside the party office when two men came on a motorcycle and told him to open the door.

“Around 12.45am two men asked me to open the door. When I refused, they broke the (wooden) door and stormed in. They broke a television, overturned chairs and tables, broke an almirah and damaged party flags and festoons. When I tried to raise the alarm, they threatened me and said they would smash my head with a brick if I shouted. They were drunk,” Mandal said.

Balurghat municipality has been with the RSP for more than 20 years.

“The motive is political. Had they been ordinary criminals, they would not have ransacked the party office as one cannot get money or valuables inside. They would have fled with the television set if they were thieves. The police must investigate impartially,” said Sucheta Biswas, the chairperson of Balurghat municipality.

“We did not notice any political disturbance here in the past. This crude political culture has been started by the ruling party to terrify our cadres before the panchayat elections,” said an RSP leader.

Prabir Roy, Trinamul’s district general secretary, said: “Whoever is behind the act must be arrested.”