Bengal dy speaker assaults apartment resident

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
  • Updated: Dec 11, 2014 19:26 IST

Deputy Speaker of West Bengal assembly and Trinamool leader Sonali Guha was caught on camera threatening and manhandling the president of an apartment's residents' association in Howrah.

This incident come days after another Trinamool leader, Abu Ayesh Mondal, beat up a toll plaza employee after being asked to pay toll.

Guha is seen calling herself "the chief minister" and "the government" while threatening Dr Nagender Rai of evicting him from his flat and locking it up over a non-functional elevator of the building.

The incident happened early on Thursday morning.

"I'm the chief minister. I'm the government. Don't forget it," Guha is heard saying while threatening residents of the apartment with dire consequences.

"Don't speak too much or I will lock up your flat from outside tomorrow. No one will be able to open the lock," she is also heard saying in the footage being aired on local television channels.

CCTV footage also showed a woman thrashing the doctor with slippers.

Guha said she had rushed to the apartment to settle a dispute involving a family that has a pregnant woman and wanted to use the lift at that time to take her to a hospital. According to the building association regulations, the lift does not operate after 11pm.

On Thursday, Guha asserted that as woman she had done the right thing and went there as a Trinamool worker.

"I went there as a mother to save another would-be mother. I did nothing wrong. I only said the person was going too far," said Guha.

She alleged Rai and his family were BJP supporters and were trying to make a political issue out of it.

"I am not a deputy speaker 24x7. I'm a human being when I'm not a deputy speaker. I went there to solve a crisis created by some BJP men," she added.

She also claimed the family of the doctor had unleashed a reign of terror in the apartment.

Asked whether her action would embarrass her party and her leader, Guha said, "No. The chief minister asked me to keep calm and quiet while appointing me as the deputy speaker. I have done exactly the same over the past three years."

Guha, an old aide of chief minister Mamata Banerjee, has a reputation of abusing political opponents and government officials, even to the
extent of slapping people. She once called a police officer a swine after barging into the police station and locking up another.

Rai's family has lodged a complaint at Golabari police station.

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