CPM, BJP and SUCI workers and candidates were attacked today by the TMC activists during filing of nomination in Diamond Harbour, Sarisha and Kakdwip.

The zilla parishad candidates of BJP came to file their nomination from Magrahat-II block, were dragged out of SDO office by the TMC men. A BJP candidate, Uttam Banik was beaten up by the alleged TMC men there in presence of police and the officials.

The SUCI local committee secretary of Diamond Harbour, Goutam Mondol, was beaten up by TMC supporters in presence of police just near Diamond Harbour SDO office when the SUCI supporters and candidates were going to file their nomination.

Two photographers appointed by the Diamond Harbour administration were also beaten up by the alleged TMC supporters inside the Diamond Harbour administrative building. Bombs were hurled at Sarisha just near the Diamond Harbour-II BDO office during filing of nominations.

The BJP and the TMC supporters were found threatening each other on National Highway-117 with firearms and lathis. All the vehicles were stopped between Sarisha and Hatugaunj by the police and a thorough checking continued.

Tension gripped some areas of Diamond Harbour. CPI-M leader of Namkhana, Bimal Nayek, was beaten up by TMC workers in front of Kakdwip SDO office. The nomination papers and a bag were snatched from him.

The BJP candidates were also beaten up and their nomination papers were torn by the alleged TMC workers in Alipore SDO office.

In Hooghly, the former Forward Bloc Arambagh MLA Biswanath Karok alleged that he was today heckled and humiliated by the Trinamul Congress-backed goons. Five woman party workers who accompanied Mr Karok were also not spared by the goons and were roughed in the most indecent manner.

Mr Karok was today smeared with black ink on the face and then brutally beaten up by the Trinamul Congress backed goons.

Mr Kamanasish Sen, the additional police super (rural) rushed to the spot with a large police force and RAF and soon brought the situation under control.

HC direction flouted, says Adhir: The widespread violence over the filing of nomination papers of panchayat elections in the state drew all around condemnation from the Opposition parties today.

While PCC chief Adhir Chowdhury alleged that the direction of Calcutta High Court is being flouted, BJP leader Mukul Roy pointed out that nomination process is being obstructed at Alipore near chief minister’s residence, while CPI-M leader sought chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s intervention to find out the identity of the men in helmets.

Thanks to chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s provocations, the nomination process of panchayat election has been reduced to a farce, PCC chief Adhhir Chowdhury said. Even the direction of Calcutta High Court is not being heeded, he alleged.

The ruling party is resorting to trickery to get past the provisions of law, the PCC chief said.

The rule of law seems to have become a thing of the past as armed men owing allegiance to the ruling party are preventing Opposition party activists from filing their nomination in the three-tier panchayat polls, he said.