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Threat finger at Trinamul leader

Burdwan, Aug. 12: A Trinamul Congress leader in Burdwan has been accused of threatening a woman who had lodged a police complaint against the acting headmistress of her daughter’s school for allegedly beating up the Class IX student.

Tanushree Sen, the acting headmistress of Radhakishore High School in Jamalpur near Burdwan town, had allegedly assaulted Swarnali Shyam, 14, with a stick on Saturday, following which the student lost consciousness. Swarnali had forgotten to bring documents required to fill up the registration form for the Madhyamik.

Swarnali’s mother Sushama, a widow, said on Sunday, a local doctor advised her to take the student to Burdwan Medical College and Hospital.

“The doctor who examined my daughter at the hospital OPD told me to lodge a police complaint,” Sushama said.

Hours after a police team went to the school for an investigation, the president of the village committee, Trinamul leader Dhananjay Pal, allegedly came to Sushama’s house and threatened her with dire consequences if she did not withdraw the police complaint. “He came again at night and said my daughter would be issued a transfer certificate by the school if the complaint was not withdrawn,” Sushama said.

Sushama said when she met Tanushree while returning home from hospital, the acting headmistress, too, had threatened to issue a transfer certificate. Acting headmistress Tanushree admitted that she had hit Swarnali twice with a stick. “I had no idea that it would have such a serious repercussion,” she said.

Trinamul leader Pal denied the charge against him. “Why should I threaten them? They are bringing false charges to malign me.”

District superintendent of police S.M.H. Meerza said a probe had been started. “We will talk to all concerned. There has been no written complaint against any Trinamul leader so far ,” he said.