statesman news service
DUBRAJPUR, 16 JUNE: Even as two persons were arrested in connection with yesterday’s murder of CPI-M supporter Bhaskar Majumder following a complaint lodged by the deceased&’s family, more than 50 families have left Mete village fearing attacks by goons allegedly backed by Trinamul Congress. Some villagers led by local CPI-M leaders also agitated in front of the Dubrajpur police station this morning demanding protection from ‘bikers’.
Villagers alleged attacks on ‘apolitical rural masses’ were a first in the region. "We have shifted our women and children to nearby villages. The few families left here are not venturing out of their houses,” said Ganesh Ghosh; another villager, Archana Bagdi, echoed his thoughts.
Meanwhile, Shila Majumder, wife of the deceased CPI-M supporter, has blamed Trinamul-backed goons for her husband’s murder. In a complaint lodged at the Dubrajpur police station last night, she mentioned alleged Trinamul-backed goons forcibly entered their house last night and killed her husband.
The deceased’s nephew, Somnath Majumder, said his uncle was a victim of panchayat politics. “Last evening, several villagers had taken shelter in our house fearing bomb attacks. My uncle was a simple villager, yet he became a victim of panchayat politics," he said.
Local CPI-M leaders and supporter took a rally to the Dubrajpur police station this morning, demanding protection from alleged ongoing attacks by Trinamul-backed goons. They agitated for two hours, blocking NH-60.
Party leaders also claimed abducted leader Uttam Bagdi was rescued by police last night from Trinamul Congress’ Tarulia party office and has been admitted to Suri SD Hospital.
"Hundreds of our workers are have fled their villages fearing further attacks," said Baloram Ghosh, CPI-M zonal secretary, Dubrajpur.
On the other hand, the Trinamul Congress has lodged a complaint against 20 CPI-M workers for attacking their cadres. “Several workers were injured in an attack by CPI-M goons last night,” said Moloy Mukherjee, district general secretary, Trinamul Congress.
Sufal Hansda and Goutam Das, arrested in connection with Bhaskar Majumder’s murder, were remanded in police custody for five days by the Dubrajpur court today.