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TMC supporters allegedly hurl bombs, ex-CPM MP suffers injury

Statesman News Service | Birbhum/Purulia |

Former Birbhum CPI-M MP, Dr Ram Chandra Dom suffered serious head injury along with other CPI-M supporters, police and local scribes after Trinamul Congress supporters allegedly hurled bombs outside Nalhati BDO office here this afternoon.

Dr Dom came along with a huge rally comprising tribal people who have been holding traditional arms like bows, arrows and swords in their hands. Suddenly, TMC supporters hurled bombs and fired at them.

Nalhati Police fired in the air to disperse the mob after lathi charge. Hiru Let, a CPI-M supporter was admitted to Rampurhat Health District Hospital with serious injuries while Dr Dom and other supporters, policemen and scribes were treated at Nalhato Block Primary Health Centre.

Dr Dom suffered several stiches on his head. His shirt turned red with blood flowing from head injury.

“We have come here to peacefully file nomination papers.Section 144 has been imposed in all BDO offices in Birbhum but Trinamul Congress-backed miscreants hurled bombs, fired bullet and pelted stones at me. It is the ritual of the tribal people to take their traditional weapons in rallies,” he claimed.

Mr Anubrata Mondal, district president of Trinamul Congress refuted the allegations and blamed the Opposition parties for trying to malign the image of his party. “Why has he gone with armed rally on Thursday in Nalhati,” countered Mr Mondal.

Instead, the CPI-M supporters have attacked the Trinamul Congress supporters, he claimed. Both in Nalhati 1 and Nalhati 2 blocks, the CPIM and TMC supporters clashed with each other. Huge police picket has also been posted in the area.

BKP district general secretary, Kalo Sona Mondal was stabbed inside the DM office in Suri headquarters of Birbhum district. Mr Ram Krishna Roy, the BJP district president alleged that from day one of filing nomination papers, violence have started and police has remained as mute spectators, leading to further trouble.

“At present, there is no control on law and order in Birbhum district,” he alleged. Hundreds of Congress supporters of Hatgegio area in Aehoria gram panchayat area in Purulia’s Arsa block have joined BJP led by Sahadeb Bairi, local popular leader.

Just ahead of the panchayat polls this is a big setback for the Congress bastion of the district. In Hura block, Trinamul Congress supporters allegedly beat up BJP supporters.

BJP district president of Purulia, Vidyasagar Chakraborty alleged that TMC supporters were joining the lotus brigade throughout the district and in fear the ruling party is attacking their supporters and taking revenge.

Violence, trouble continues in South 24 parganas: Pre-poll violence continued to rock South 24 Parganas during nomination process at some blocks on Thursday. A bomb was hurled at the Opposition candidates at Nodakhali in Budge Budge- II block.

The bomb was allegedly hurled by Trinamul Congress men at the CPI-M candidates who were coming on board a vehicle to file their nomination papers to the Budge Budge-II BDO. Police rushed to the area and rescued the CPI-M men.

After that, a police vehicle was ransacked there by the Opposition party members.

Some CPI-M activists put up a road block on National Highway-117 at Amtala within Bishnupur police station’s jurisdiction for about three hours alleging that their candidates could not file nomination even on Thursday as a group of alleged Trinamul supporters armed with firearms and bombs prevented them from filing nomination in Bishnupur- I block.