Firing incident: TMC leaders of Cooch Behar visit ancestral house of Partha Pratim Roy
A number of Trinamul leaders of Cooch Behar district, including former state minister Rabindranath Ghosh, visited the ancestral house of Partha Pratim Roy, the party’s district president, at Jiranpur on the outskirts of Cooch Behar town on Monday, a day after some men had entered the premises of the house and fired bullets in the air.
Ghosh, who is known for his differences with party colleague Roy, reached the latter’s house with some associates, spoke to the family members and residents nearby, and assured them of all help from his side.
“These past few days, there have been multiple incidents of violence in Jiranpur. Earlier, the panchayat office was ransacked and on Sunday, some people entered the district president’s house and fired in the air. We want the police to take stern steps and arrest all those involved in the attack,” said Ghosh.
The former minister, however, had to face criticism from a section of party leaders who are known to be close to Roy.
They claimed that after the firing incident on Sunday, Ghosh had remarked that it was an “orchestrated attack.”
“What he (Ghosh) said led to confusion among party workers. He should refrain from such remarks,” said Rahul Roy, a district secretary of Trinamul.
Cooch Behar Trinamul is also known for acute infighting, something which has cost the party dearly during both the 2019 Lok Sabha and 2021 Assembly polls.
Police probing the firing said it was unlikely that the attack was organised by a terror outfit like the Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO). Recently, the KLO had issued a statement that contained a direct message for Roy and another Trinamul leader about taking the issue of separate statehood seriously or facing consequences.
“We are working on some inputs and hope to nab those who had fired the bullets (inside the premises of the campus of Roy’s house). It seems some locals were involved in the case and our officers are trying to know the motive. Security has been beefed up in the area,” said a police source.