Rama Mondal at her Nadia home. (Pranab Debnath)
Krishnagar, Sept. 9: A Nadia woman who had unsuccessfully contested the panchayat polls on a Trinamul ticket has allegedly been ostracised by the CPM for refusing to withdraw a complaint of assault against the Left party’s activists.
Rama Mondal, who lost a Bhandarkhola panchayat seat to the CPM’s Putul Biswas in the July polls, alleged that CPM leaders issued a “fatwa” at a public meeting last week, instructing villagers to boycott the Trinamul candidate.
Rama, who had won the seat last time, said: “They threatened the residents (of Haranagar-Uttarpara village) with dire consequences if they refused to follow the party’s diktat. The leaders asked the residents not to interact with me or my family members.
“Since then, the local grocers and vegetable vendors have stopped selling anything to us and farm hands have refused to work in our paddy field. The private tutor who teaches my daughter (a Class II student) and my brother-in-law’s daughter (a Class VIII student) is not coming to our home.”
Rama, whose husband is an LIC agent, said no villager had come to the rice mill of her brother-in-law Bhagawat Mandal.
Asked about the FIR, Rama said: “CPM supporters hurled bombs at my house during a victory rally after the polls. They beat up my brother-in-law, his wife and daughter. My husband Amaresh was also assaulted when he tried to rescue them. When I protested, some CPM activists kicked and punched me.”
Rama said no arrests had been made so far.
“I had requested local Trinamul MLA Aboni Joardar to help me but nothing has been done,” she said.
The CPM pradhan of the Bhandarkhola panchayat, Mantu Halder, refuted the allegations.
The inspector-in-charge of Krishnagar police station, Alokeranjan Munshi, said: “The accused are absconding.”