Aurobindo Mandal (left) and Apurba Roy at their Anandapur house. Picture by Sanjoy Chattopadhyaya
Alleged Trinamul Congress activists on Wednesday night beat up four members of a family, including two women, with sticks for being “BJP supporters”.
Apurba Roy, who the gang had allegedly threatened for attending the funeral of BJP leader Tapan Sikdar, said the assaulters had also ransacked his house and thrown stones at it, damaging the asbestos roof.
Roy, who neighbours said has been vocal in his support for the BJP since the Lok Sabha poll results were announced, lodged an FIR with Anandapur police station against eight persons from the locality. No one was arrested till late on Thursday.
Another man from the area, known as a Trinamul activist, has lodged a complaint accusing Roy and his family members of assaulting him with an iron rod.
Roy, a practitioner of alternative medicine, told Metro that the gang had first assaulted his 35-year-old brother-in-law Aurobindo Mandal, who stays with him.
“I was returning home to Purba Panchannagram around 10.30pm when a group of people, all residents of the locality, intercepted me,” said Mandal. “They asked me to sever all ties with the BJP and join Trinamul. When I refused, they pounced on me.”
The spot where Mandal was allegedly attacked was a few metres from Roy’s house.
On hearing the hue and cry, Roy rushed out and tried to rescue Mandal.
“As soon as I reached the spot they started beating me up. One of them hit me on the back with a stick and another caught hold of my neck. He pressed my neck so hard that it still aches and I am having difficulty talking even 24 hours later,” Roy said. “They were also threatening me for attending Tapan Sikdar’s funeral.”
Roy’s wife Latika said the gang had assaulted her and daughter Ankita when they tried to protect Roy and Mandal. “They were beating up my husband and brother ruthlessly. Me and my daughter tried to save them. Three women, who were among the attackers, assaulted us,” said Latika.
As news of the assault reached Anandapur police station, a team reached the spot and rescued the members of the family. They were taken to the police station where Roy lodged the complaint.
Before the FIR was lodged, all four were taken to Calcutta National Medical College and Hospital for tests. Around midnight, the police took them to their house. Two constables were posted outside.
Early on Thursday, Biswajit Dey, known as a Trinamul activist, lodged the complaint against Roy’s family. “Trinamul activists were not behind the attack on the family. On the contrary, they had attacked one of our supporters,” said a local leader of the ruling party.
Rahul Sinha, the president of BJP’s Bengal unit, condemned the incident.