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Mollah released

Mollah comes out of the
hospital in a wheelchair. Picture by Bishwarup Dutta

Canning, Jan. 28: CPM leader Abdur Rezzak Mollah, who was released from a private Calcutta hospital today, got a hero’s welcome from party workers and villagers in his hometown Bankri in Canning.

Mollah, who was admitted to the hospital after an attack on him by a gang allegedly led by Trinamul’s Arabul Islam on Janury 6, was released around 2.30pm. The CPM MLA was accompanied by two doctors to the ambulance, which had to make its way through around 100 supporters waving party flags.

“I have pain in my back. The doctors have advised me three weeks of complete bed rest. They will examine me after six weeks,” said Mollah, clad in a black sleeveless jacket, white dhoti-kurta and a woollen cap.

CPM leaders Mohammad Salim and Sujan Chakraborty came with garlands to greet Mollah.

Mollah’s ambulance, with a convoy of about a dozen cars, was stopped at four places by supporters who shouted: “Rezzak mantri tumi sushtho hoye otho, amra tomar sathey achhi (Minister Rezzak get well, we are with you)”.

At 4.15pm, the convoy reached Bankri and the ambulance was taken to a ground where 2,000 villagers waited. The villagers had erected a dais and demanded Mollah deliver a speech.

But Chakraborty requested them with folded hands and said: “Doctors have released him on a condition that he will be kept on bed rest and do little talking.”

Mollah was taken inside his house and was received by his mother Razia Bewa, 90.