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Rivalry on Adhikari turf reaches police

Tamluk, July 29: The Trinamul Congress’s factional rivalry in East Midnapore has reached police, with the group owing allegiance to the Adhikari family today lodging an FIR against another for allegedly ransacking a block office of the party.

The police complaint was lodged against leaders owing allegiance to Trinamul all-India general secretary Mukul Roy and MLA Akhil Giri, the district unit’s working president.

Dibakar Jana, the president of Trinamul’s Shahid Matangini block who is known to be close to MPs Sisir and Subhendu Adhikari, lodged the FIR at Tamluk police station accusing Bibhas Kar, Joydeb Burman and some other leaders belonging to the Roy-Giri camp of breaking the grille of the block office at Kanktiya Bazar and damaging furniture.

Jana and his associates accused water resources investigation minister Soumen Mahapatra, another member of the Roy-Giri faction, of instigating the attack. Mahapatra has, however, not been named in the FIR. The minister has denied the allegations.

“They (the accused) also tore photographs of Sisirbabu and took away four cycles that had been kept outside the party office. One of our supporters was beaten up when he intervened. The attacks were carried out around 4.30am today under the instructions of the minister,” Jana alleged.

Trinamul supporters led by Jana blocked the Haldia-Mecheda state highway for about an hour this morning demanding the arrest of the accused.

Minister Mahapatra alleged that Jana and his associates had carried out today’s attack. “Jana staged this morning’s attack and is now blaming others,” he said.

Sisir declined to comment on the incident. “It happened in Mahapatra’s area. Ask him,” he said.

Giri said he would demand Jana’s expulsion from the party. “There are many complaints against Jana,” he said.

The sources said Giri and Mahapatra were in favour of Kar being made the next block president.