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Anubrata won’t meddle, leaders on the run

Khoirasol, July 20: Around 50 Trinamul Congress workers who have fled their homes in Birbhum fearing arrests in a case of vandalising a police station today rued lack of help from the district leadership.

Birbhum Trinamul chief Anubrata Mondal said the chief minister had instructed leaders during a meeting in the district on July 9 not to intervene in police matters.

“Our chief minister doesn’t want us to interfere in police matters. So we will not create pressure on the police in this case too. Let the police do their duty,” Mondal told The Telegraph today.

Yesterday, three policeman were injured and a police outpost in Khoirasol was vandalised allegedly by Trinamul workers owing allegiance to Mondal.

A section of senior Trinamul leaders said today that the party’s district leadership had decided not to intervene in police matters following the chief minister’s order.

Police last night registered an FIR against 28 Trinamul workers and leaders belonging to Mondal’s lobby. The police have in nightlong raids arrested nine persons.

The police said the problem started when local Trinamul leader Shankar Garai was attacked by workers of a rival faction known to be close to Mondal over a local dispute. Garai lodged a complaint with the police outpost against Mihir Bauri and his associates. Bauri leads the Mondal group in the area. Later, Bauri’s wife Bulu went to the police outpost and wanted to lodge a complaint alleging her husband was kidnapped by Garai.

But the police refused to accept the complaint saying Bauri was not kidnapped. But Bulu was trying to put pressure on the police to accept the complaint.

When the police asked her to leave the outpost, she called Trinamul workers, who were passing through the area. A mob of 70 to 80 people came running in and attacked the in-charge and vandalised the outpost, said a police officer.

Among those whom the police are looking for are local Trinamul Dipak Shil and Abdul Hoque Kaderi, two Mondal aides accused of leading the attack.

Dipak Shil, who is a block leader in Khoirasol block and a member of the five-member committee which Mondal formed two months ago to stop factional feuds. Haque is the former block president of Khoirasol.

Contacted Shil said: “I have informed everything to district leaders. Now I have left home and not telling you where I am.”

Another leader and former acting block president of Khoirasol Abdul Hoque Kaderi told The Telegraph, “We have talked to several party leaders in Bolpur. But no one is helping us. Police in the name of raids are ransacking our houses.”

A police officer said: “We are raiding different places to find out Shil and Kaderi. We have no political pressure right now. Anubrata Mondal and his aides are not intervening in police matters after the chief minister’s visit.”

The eight arrested persons were produced before judicial magistrate of Dubrajpur court and remanded in judicial custody till July 31.