Durgapur, Oct. 4: A young physiotherapist and his mother were beaten up last night when they protested drinking and brawling by some suspected Trinamul supporters at a colony in Durgapur town where mostly retired state government employees live with families.
Rupam Laha, 35, who was kicked and punched in his abdomen and chest, said a group of local youths known to be Trinamul supporters were drinking inside a single-storey vacant quarter and made lewd remarks at his wife when she was on her way to a shop.
“I went to the quarter adjacent to ours and told the youths to leave. But they ridiculed me. When I protested and threatened to call police, they told me they were Trinamul supporters and I could not do anything. They beat me up,” Rupam said.
When Rupam’s mother Tapashi, 58, came to his rescue, she was allegedly pushed to the ground and beaten up. “The youths twisted my mother’s left wrist and assaulted her. She suffered bruises on her left hand and injuries to her hip,” said Rupam.
The police arrived after being informed by some residents, but by then, the youths had fled.
Rupam’s father Gour Chandra Laha is a retired state government employee.
Residents said Trinamul supporters held regular drinking sessions in eight vacant quarters and passed lewd remarks at ladies.
“Often, young women join them in the revelries,” said Manju Das, a resident.
She alleged that the youths owed allegiance to local Trinamul leader Shankar Munshi, who has set up a club-cum-party office in one of the vacant quarters.
Munshi denied the youths had links with Trinamul.