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CPM attacks Trinamul leader

CPM attacks Trinamul leader

Author: Statesman News Service
Publication: The Statesman
Date: February 25, 2006
URL: http://www.thestatesman.net/page.arcview.php?date=2006-02-25&usrsess=1995795805669&clid=23&id=135796

A Trinamul Congress leader was severely beaten up by a group of CPI-M workers because he had lodged a complaint with the election observer regarding Bangladeshi voters enlisted in the electoral roll during the summary revision.

The attackers comprising about 25 CPI-M workers led by Mr Rabin Biswas, a CPI-M Barasat panchayat member in Taherpur, raided the victim's house and dragged him out before thrashing him with iron rods and other weapons.

The victim, Mr Birendranath Ray, was marginally defeated in the last panchayat polls by Mr Biswas but the Trinamul Congress has been able to dominate the panchayat after defeating other CPI-M candidates.

Recently, Mr Ray had raised his voice against the inclusion of Bangladeshi voters in the Taherpur area and lodged a complaint with the election observer.

According to the Trinamul Congress district president, Mr Naresh Chaki, the attackers also shot him and left him there, presuming he was dead.

Later, locals rescued him from the field and took him to the Ranaghat sub-divisional hospital. Today, Mr Ray was shifted to the NRS hospital as his condition was believed to be critical.

Mr Chaki said: "We have lodged a complaint with the Ranaghat police against a few CPI-M workers, including their leader Mr Biswas, and demanded immediate arrest of the attackers. If the police failed to arrest the attackers, we will soon launch an agitation."

CPI-M local leaders, however, denied the charge and said: "It could be the fallout of their internal feuds."

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