Popular Birbhum-based folk singer Swapna Chakraborty threatened to leave the state, following alleged harassment and attack by local Trinamool Congress leaders and supporters over a land dispute on Sunday.
The dispute, said sources, has been over a small piece of land located right next to the singer’s Suri address. The three-cottah plot in question belongs to Lal Mohan Pal, the singer’s adopted son. However, over the last few years Pal had reportedly been locked in a bitter feud with neighbour Kutubuddin Sheikh and family over ownership of the property. While Kutubuddin passed away recently, the dispute raged on and even moved to court for arbitration.
Pal reportedly approached the Suri municipality last week, seeking permission to build a wall around the plot. He claimed the locals had been dumping garbage with impunity on the vacant property, raising a stink in the neighbourhood. Ujjwal Mukherjee, the chairman of the municipality, allowed Pal to raise a wall around the property.
Armed with a written permission from the local civic body, Pal went about raising the wall around the disputed plot on Sunday. However, Sheikh Humayun, Kutubuddin’s son and the district president of Trinamool Chatra Parishad, reportedly got word of the brickwork on the disputed property.
Flanked by party district committee member Karam Hossain Khan and a gang of Trinamool toughs, Humayun went on the rampage at the folk singer’s residence. “They stormed my house and went about heckling me and other members of my family. After what we’ve been through today, it would be difficult for us to stay in this town,” Chakraborty said.
However, Humayun said, “We went to their house to say that the construction can’t proceed without a court order.” “We have started a probe,” said Birbhum SP Murlidhar Sharma.