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SFI leader beaten up, blame on Trinamul

Raiganj, April 27: The North Dinajpur district secretary of the SFI was thrashed by alleged Trinamul Congress supporters at Purba Netajipally here last night while he was cycling along with two CPM leaders to a party worker’s house.

Trinamul denied the charge and accused the CPM of vandalising its office at Purba Netajipally last night. Both the parties have filed complaints with police.

Aniruddha Bhowmik, the Raiganj zonal committee secretary of the CPM, said he, along with Raiganj local committee secretary Nilkamal Saha and SFI district secretary Pranesh Sarkar, had gone to Purba Netajipally to call on a party worker last night.

“Criminals sheltered by Trinamul had issued threats to the life of CPM supporter Parasuram Sarkar on the election day of April 24. Since then, Sarkar hasn’t been coming out of his house at Purba Netajipally. Three of us were on bicycles headed for Parasuram’s home around 9.30 last night. As we were passing by a club run by a Trinamul councillor of Raiganj Municipality, we were abused verbally by those sitting there. We ignored them and cycled along,” said Bhowmik.

“Suddenly, a group of about 15 youths began chasing us with rods and lathis. Nilkamal and I managed to flee. But Pranesh was caught. He fell from his bicycle and was mercilessly beaten up. We were helpless and informed police. Pranesh was rescued by the police and taken to the district hospital,” he added.

Pranesh was released from the hospital after being administered first-aid.

Later, Bhowmik lodged a complaint with Raiganj police.

Priyatosh Mukherjee, the Raiganj town president of Trinamul, said no worker from his party had roughed up the SFI leader. Mukherjee alleged that a group of CPM workers had attacked a Trinamul office at Purba Netajipally without provocation last night.

“None of our supporters beat up the SFI leader. It is a false charge. A gang of 25-30 CPM workers suddenly attacked our party office around 10pm yesterday. A handful of our workers were present in the office during the attack. They managed to flee. I have filed a complaint with police,” said Mukherjee.

However, CPM leader Bhowmik alleged that the ransacking had been stage-managed by Trinamul to blame his party. “The allegation that Trinamul vandalised the CPM office is absolutely baseless. Trinamul workers themselves staged the ransacking to put the blame on us.”

The police said they had received complaints from the CPM as well as Trinamul.

“The matter is under investigation. No one has been arrested as yet in connection with the two complaints,” said Gautam Chakrabarty, the inspector-in-charge of Raiganj police station.