Trinamool supporters ransack police station, 4 injured

Kolkata, Feb 23: After allegedly chopping off ear of a panchayat member and seriously injuring the eye of a CITU supporter for not working on the day of the strike, supporters of the ruling party, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) ransacked a police station in Bangaon on Friday. Four persons including a woman was injured in the scuffle.

It was learnt that the TMC supporters caused the brawl after they had arrived at the police station to submit a petition demanding the arrest of a CPI(M) panchayat head accused of corruption charges. Police sources said the local TMC supporters raised strong demand to arrest panchayat head Paritash Adhikari for allegedly indulging in corruption activities in 100-day employment scheme.

Party members even started their own campaign to nab Adhikari. But a section of the TMC alleged that the CPI(M) was taking help of some influential leaders in the party to create pressure on the police for not arresting the accused.

On Friday, the opposition leader of the panchayat and several supporters went to the police station to submit the petition. But the occasion soon turned violent after the TMC supporters holding party flags went on the rampage inside the station. A couple of police personnel were injured besides a woman who had come to file a complaint.

The incident has put the TMC leadership under great discomfort. The party's All-India general secretary Mukul Roy and state food minister and senior leader Jyotipriya Mullick said those who ransacked the police station were not connected to the TMC.

Local MLA Biswajit Das although said initially that he party would take strong action if it had found any of its members involved in the vandalism, but later changed his stand and said no TMC member was involved in the incident. The TMC leadership blamed it on the rogue elements who it said, were trying to malign the party's image before the panchayat elections.

North 24 Parganas police chief Sugata Sen said a case had been registered and also order was given to arrest the accused panchayat head. Six TMC supporters were arrested on Saturday in connection with the case.

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