statesman news service
Suri, 7 July
A Trinamul panchayat candidate was allegedly beaten up by CPI-M activists while he was campaigning in Banagram panchayat area last evening. Harekrishna Pal (60), the victim, was admitted to Sainthia block primary hospital after being beaten up by 10 people with iron rods. A complaint has been lodged with the Santia police station against seven CPI-M activists.
Pal alleged that some CPI-M activists suddenly attacked him when he was campaigning for the candidate of 8 no. samsad.
“We were at the Beria village campaigning for the candidate. Suddenly they attacked me with rods. I was left in a pool of blood. They also threatened me with dire consequences if I dared campaign for any candidate of the panchayat," said, the TMC worker.
Local TMC leaders claimed the 60-years-old TMC candidate was a laborious worker of the party. He was assigned with the responsibility of campaigning for all the candidates of TMC from the Banagram panchayat. The CPI-M tried to stop the campaigning by injuring him.
“The elderly party worker is a simple farmer. The CPI-M only targeted him as he had a great role in this panchayat election," said Saber Ali, Sainthia block president, TMC.
The TMC had their lone candidate from samsad no 8. Mr Pal was campaigning in that area last night. At present the panchayat is run by Congress-CPIM alliance.
This morning the family members lodged a complaint with the Sainthia police station. They named seven CPI-M members along with Janmejoy Bagdi, Pintu Bagdi, Madan Das, Joydeb Das, local party workers of the panchayat. All attackers are CPI-M-backed goons as well as activists, said by local TMC workers.