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Woman dies, attack finger at Trinamul

Chakdah, May 13: The mother of two CPM supporters died of a heart attack in Nadia early this morning, hours after she fell unconscious seeing houses of some Left loyalists in the neighbourhood being ransacked by suspected Trinamul workers.

Bela De’s sons said the 58-year-old widow did not have any history of cardiac problems but fell ill after a group of Trinamul activists allegedly came to her house in Chakdah on Sunday evening, warned the family against voting the next day and hit Bela on the chest.

“Some Trinamul workers barged into our house and told us not to vote. They beat me and my elder brother Bikash with sticks when we protested. Our mother was hit on the chest when she tried to rescue us. We took her to a local doctor and she was prescribed some medicines,” said Bijan De, Bela’s younger son who works as a contractual employee at Chakdah municipality.

Bijan said all three voted yesterday, adding that they had always backed the Left.

“After polling was over, a group of local Trinamul workers attacked the houses of some Left loyalists in the area around 9pm. My mother was ill after Sunday’s attack and panicked when she saw our neighbours’ houses being ransacked. She fell unconscious and we took her to Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Kalyani (20km away). She died this morning,” Bijan added.

A doctor at the hospital confirmed that Bela had suffered a heart attack.

Bijan and Bikash today accused police of not acting on the complaint they had lodged after the attack on Sunday.

Tarakeshwar Mukherjee, the inspector in charge of Chakdah police station, said: “We have started an investigation after the FIR. The hectic election schedule kept us busy and we could not arrest anyone.”

The Nadia Trinamul denied the allegation that Left loyalists were attacked. Dipak Chakraborty, the Trinamul Chakdah town committee president and municipality chairman, said: “Trinamul was not involved in any intimidation or ransacking.”

Bijan said his mother never had any major illness other than a sprained neck, for which she was advised to wear a collar.

In South 24-Parganas’ Basanti, Trinamul activists today allegedly beat up a young man and his pregnant wife for voting in favour of Joynagar RSP candidate Subhas Naskar.

Trinamul denied the charge.