ACPI-M leader had a narrow escape when a civic volunteer associated with the Alipurduar police station allegedly shot at him. Tushar Barman opened fire at Prabhat Chandra Adhikary after the latter refused to withdraw rural poll nomination his daughter-in-law had filed for the Pararpar Gram Panchayat seat under the same police station Tuesday night.

The incident took place at the CPI-M’s block party office in the Tapsikhata village. Following the attack, Mr Adhikary filed a complaint at the Alipurduar police station.

The bullet that missed Mr Adhikary was recovered from the CPI-M party office, it is learnt. Police, meanwhile, said they have started investigations into the incident.

“We have started an inquiry on the matter and have recovered the bullet which was fired at Mr Adhikary,” said Alipurduar superintendent of police, Avaru Rabindranath. Binadini Das, the daughter- in-law of Mr Adhikary, had filed her nomination paper as a gram panchayat member for the pararpar gram panchayat under the Alipurduar block-1 as a CPIM-backed independent candidate, it is learnt.

CPIM leaders alleged that the accused, Tushar Barman, is backed by the ruling Trinamul Congress. “The civic volunteer, along with his friend Biswajit Roy, threatened me and asked me to withdraw my daughter-inlaw’s nomination paper. Apparently, when I refused, he fired a shot at me. The bullet missed me as another person pushed Barman from the back just in the nick of time,” said Mr Adhikary.

The accused were not available to comment on the matter, though they have also filed a police complaint, alleging false allegations on them. The ruling party, meanwhile, refuted the allegations raised by the CPI-M leader.

According to the president of the Alipurduar Block-1 Trinamul Congress Committee, Manaranjan Dey, both the boys have a “decent behavior” and that they always maintain peace and harmony in the area. “They would never commit such a crime. The CPI-M is leveling false allegations to gain public sympathy,” he said.