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CPM leaders hit, offices ransacked

Burdwan, Feb. 21: Around 50 suspected Trinamul activists armed with rods and sticks stormed a two-storey building housing two CPM zonal committee offices in Burdwan’s Raina today and beat up party leaders and workers.

Khandaghosh local committee secretary Arpan Ghosh, who had to be given two stitches on his head, said: “The Trinamul workers asked us how dare we attend the (February 9) Brigade rally? ‘Remember what would happen to you if you join such rallies in the future,’ they said.”

Trinamul denied involvement in the attack.

The secretary of the CPM’s Raina-Khandaghosh zonal committee, Mirza Akhtar Ali, who too was allegedly assaulted, said around 10,000 party leaders and workers from over 100 villages in the neighbourhood had attended the Left Front’s Brigade rally.

“Trinamul activists had warned our workers against attending the rally. After the event, they had threatened our workers with dire consequences,” Ali said.

The attackers, who came in tractors and motorbikes at 12.15pm, battered six two-wheelers in front of the building and set two of them on fire. They barged into the party office on the ground floor and broke chairs and tables.

“After damaging and setting fire to the two-wheelers, the Trinamul activists entered the party offices. They beat up our leaders, hurled furniture to the floor and broke them with rods and sticks. They also broke a TV, a computer and an almirah and took away Rs 48,000 received as donations. Before leaving, they set ablaze a wooden cupboard,” a CPM leader said.

Alok Majhi, the block Trinamul president of Khandaghosh, said: “Trinamul has nothing to do with the incident. It was a spontaneous protest by the common people against the CPM’s misrule.”