'Will chop off wrists of those who dare to tear Mamata's posters'

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Kolkata, Nov 8: Trinamool Congress's (TMC) Birbhum district chief Anubrata Mondal on Wednesday threatened Congress workers saying their wrists would be chopped off if they dared to tear off posters of party chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee or beat up supporters of the ruling party. Mondal was backed by the TMC's national secretary and former Union minister Mukul Roy later who said the statement was more a symbolic one.

Mondal made the remark in Katwa in Burdwan district where he is the party's observer and is looking after the party's office there.

This is not the first time that Mondal has made such provocative statements. In July, ahead of the panchayat polls in the state, he had asked people to burn down houses of independent candidates and even bomb police officers if they came to their rescue. The provocation led to the alleged murder of the father of a rebel TMC candidate.

Anubrata Mondal had made similar statements in the past also but yet escaped

The chief minister herself defended Mondal in the assembly then, saying he did not mean what he had said and explained his stand to the district magistrate.

Three Congress leaders of Katwa, including vice-chairman of the local municipality Amar Ram, joined the TMC on Thursday and the latter is aiming to win the civic body which was swept by the Congress in 2009. Ram said the Congress hasn't done anything constructive in Katwa and also accused it of attacking TMC supporters, something that triggered Mondal's sharp statement.

Katwa Congress MLA Rabindra Nath Chatterjee said they were not bothered much about Mondal's threats for their party has a strong base in Katwa.

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