Seven men were beaten up on Sunday afternoon, allegedly by members of a club on James Long Sarani, when they tried to resist the cutting of roadside trees.
The trees were being chopped by labourers hired by the PWD, which had obtained permission to do so as part of a project to widen the road. Cutting the trees has helped the club, Sree Sangha, to build its Durga Puja pandal.
More than 40 members of the club allegedly dragged away the protesting green activists and slapped and kicked them. “They pushed me so hard that I almost fell,” Colonel (retd) Bhupal Chandra Lahiry.
The activists lodged a complaint with Behala police station. The officer-in-charge claimed there was “only a heated altercation” between the two groups. “Arrests would be made if necessary,” he said.
Amit Basu, the secretary of Sree Sangha, denied that club members had assaulted the activists. “The members had asked the activists to move because they were blocking the road,” he said.