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Attack warning for TMC leader

Calcutta, Dec. 25: A Trinamul councillors named in an FIR for allegedly leading an attack on a CPM procession in north Calcutta on Sunday was today censured by his party, sources said.

Santanu Sen, the councillor of ward No. 2 of Cossipore, was called to Trinamul Bhavan in Topsia by Mukul Roy and Partha Chatterjee.

Sources said Trinamul all-India general secretary Roy and secretary-general Chatterjee, both of whom are members of the party’s disciplinary committee, spoke to Sen for an hour.

The sources said Sen was “warned” after chief minister Mamata Banerjee “expressed her displeasure” to her close aides with the attack on the Left rally.

“Mamatadi is unhappy with the stone-throwing at the Left procession. The attack has given the beleaguered CPM the chance to cry foul,” said a Trinamul leader close to Mamata.

Chatterjee told The Telegraph after the meeting: “Santanu told us that he had gone near the procession to ensure that peace was maintained. He said he was in no way involved in the attack.”

A Trinamul leader in north Calcutta said Sen’s presence had “encouraged” the mob to throw stones at the Left procession. “Santanu was warned by our leaders in connection with Sunday’s incident,” he said.

Sen said senior police officers had “requested” him to be present near the procession on BT Road in Chiria More.

“I was going to the chief minister’s Kalighat residence on Sunday morning when senior officers requested me to be present at Chiria More to ensure that no untoward incident took place. I had gone there to ensure that peace was maintained,” he said.

“It is unfortunate that some people in the crowd threw bricks at the Left procession. This was not desirable. I explained what happened there to Parthada and Mukulda,” Sen added.

Eight CPM supporters, including two women, had been injured in the brick attack on the procession, which was led by Left Front chairman Biman Bose. Other senior CPM leaders such as Mohammad Salim and Manab Mukherjee had also participating in the march, organised by the Left to protest a host of issues, including “high-handedness of Trinamul”.

The Trinamul sources said tonight that the leadership was dealing with “wrong-doers” in the party with a “heavy hand”.

“Such a tough stand will help counter the Opposition’s propaganda against us,” a source said.

The police said four persons had been arrested so far in connection with the attack. “We are probing the allegations,” an officer said.