Abdul Khalek at the Islampur subdivisional hospital on Friday. Picture by Mehedi Hedaytullah
Islampur, April 11: Party loyalty proved thicker than blood in Islampur today when a Congress supporter hacked the palm of his younger brother, a Trinamul loyalist keen to go to Mamata Banerjee’s rally in Chopra.
Abdul Khalek’s right palm had to be amputated at the Islampur subdivisional hospital before doctors sent him to the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital in Siliguri for further treatment.
According to police, both Khalek, 42, and his elder brother Mohammad Abdul, 45, own farmland and are known toughs in their village Sujali, 20km from Islampur town.
The elder brother is on the run.
They have several cases of intimidation and assault pending against them. Mohammad Abdul had been arrested earlier for chopping off the right hand of a college student in 2009.
Around 11am today, when Khalek was getting ready to go to Chopra to attend Mamata’s rally, elder brother Mohammad Abdul told him not to go.
“About 40 of our supporters had gathered in the area to leave for Mamata Banerjee’s meeting in two vehicles. All of a sudden, Mohammad Abdul appeared and warned our workers not to go to the rally,” said Kamaluddin, the Trinamul Yuva secretary in North Dinajpur.
“There was an argument and Mohammad Abdul attacked his brother with the chopper he was holding. He struck the right arm with the blade, almost severing the palm from wrist downwards. Mohammad Abdul fled,” the Trinamul Yuva leader said.
“We rushed Khalek to Islampur subdivisional hospital. We are going to lodge a complaint against Mohammad Abdul, who is a Congress-sheltered criminal and has been terrorising our workers,” Kamaluddin said.
Doctors at the Islampur hospital amputated Khalek’s right palm.
“Khalek’s injury was serious. His right palm was almost severed from wrist down. We had to amputate the palm from the wrist,” a doctor in the emergency department of the subdivisional hospital said.
Ashok Roy, the Chopra block Congress president, said the incident was not linked to politics, but to a land dispute.
“There is no politics involved in the incident. The brothers were locked in a land dispute and that was the cause of the attack. Trinamul is trying to gain political mileage ahead of the elections by dragging the Congress into the incident,” he said.
The subdivisional police officer of Islampur, Subimal Pal, said no complaint had been lodged yet.
“We have heard about the incident. The siblings are anti-socials and have criminal cases pending against them. We will start a suo motu case,” Pal said.
“Abdul is accused of chopping the right hand of a second-year college student, whose family owed allegiance to the CPM, in November 2009,” said a police source.