statesman news service
TAMLUK, 31 MAY: Hours before the seventh board meeting of the Haldia civic body, Trinamul Congress workers launched an agitation in front of the CPI-M zonal party office after locking it from outside. Police resorted to a mild lathi-charge to rescue the CPI-M councillors who were confined to the party office.
CPI-M has alleged that Trinamul Congress workers tried to foil the Haldia Civic body&’s board meeting after confining their councillors to the party office but their efforts proved futile after police intervened.
Mr Debaprasad Mondol, Opposition leader in the Haldia civic body and a Trinamul Congress leader, however, alleged that no board meeting was held, but CPI-M leader and vice-chairman of the municipality Narayan Pramanik claimed they have conducted the board meeting even after the chaos. “We were present in the municipality much before the scheduled time of the meeting, and we do not understand how the vice-chairman conducted the meeting keeping us in the dark," Mr Mondol alleged.
He said some youths on motorbikes reached the CPI-M party office minutes before the board meeting. Local residents suspected that CPI-M workers were trying to bring outsiders and store bombs and weapons inside the party office. They immediately gheraoed the party office and locked it up from outside. They called the police demanding the party office be thoroughly checked in their presence. “But the police, led by the Haldia additional superintendent of police Mr Amitava Maity, resorted to a lathi-charge and dispersed the crowd. Police later accompanied five CPI-M councillors from the party office to the municipality and did not allow any people to enter the party office,” Mr Mondol said.
He said: “We later held an agitation inside the municipality to protest against the lathi-charge and demanded an immediate board meeting. But, after a few hours, the vice-chairman informed that the board meeting was already held and the police escorted the councillors from the municipality to their homes.”
“We will lodge a complaint of molestation against the ASP as he critically beat up two of our women supporters. These two women were later admitted to Haldia sub-divisional hospital,” said Mr Mondol.