Aug. 17: Clashes have broken out state-wide between Trinamul and CPM activists over the formation of panchayat boards, leaving several people including a block development officer injured.
In East Midnapore’s Egra, Patashpur-I BDO Tridib Kar was beaten up with sticks by alleged Trinamul activists today when he tried to escort elected CPM candidates to the Khar panchayat office for the voting to form the board.
Kar, 42, was admitted to Egra sub-divisional hospital with bruises all over his body. Trinamul has denied the charge of assault.
Egra sub-divisional officer Asim Biswas said: “A CT scan will be done tomorrow. Kar’s condition is stable.”
Over a dozen CPM workers were injured in a subsequent clash with the Trinamul activists. The formation of the panchayat board has been postponed. The CPM and Trinamul are tied with eight seats each.
The two rival parties’ workers clashed with bombs today at Hirapari village in West Midnapore’s Narayangarh after some Trinamul activists allegedly prevented a Left loyalist from opening his grocery. Eleven people were injured.
Trinamul activists organised a dharna outside the Serampore panchayat in Burdwan tonight in protest against the election of the pradhan.
In Raina, Trinamul worker Debashis Das, 35, was shot at allegedly by members of a rival faction last night. He suffered a bullet injury in the ribs and is critical.
The CPM accused Trinamul workers of preventing elected candidates from entering the Sujali-Kalagayen gram panchayat in North Dinajpur’s Islampur by hurling bombs at them. None of the 12 CPM members could vote, and Trinamul formed the board.
In South 24-Parganas’ Kultali, the CPM formed the board of the Kundakhali-Godabar gram panchayat. CPM leaders escorted four elected members, all named in a murder FIR, to the panchayat office for the voting.