Around 100 Trinamool Congress workers allegedly manhandled a family, including an elderly couple, and forcefully evicted them from their rented flat in Dumdum on Sunday afternoon.
Alleging that the police refused to accept their complaint the family started a demonstration in front of local MLA and state education minister Bratya Basu’s Kalindi residence.
“Around 12 pm, a group of TMC leaders led by Barun Nandy suddenly entered our flat and manhandled us, forcefully dragging us out of the flat. When I tried to contact the police, they snatched our cell phones and threw our furniture. They stole all our jewellery and the gas cylinder,” Devduti Bandopdhay, one of the victims, said.
Nandy is an associate of Bratya Basu and was his election agent during the last assembly polls.
Devduti and his elderly parents moved to this rented flat a couple of years ago. From August this year there were occasional ruckus with the landlord as the family failed to clear rent. The landlord, Mrinal Kanti Das, turned to local Trinamool leaders for help.
“We went to Dumdum Police Station, but the inspector-incharge refused to take any complaint. We then went to local MLA Bratya Basu’s house,” Bandhopdhay said.
The couple sat on the pavement opposite Basu’s home for five hours before they were brought to Lake Town Police Station. “We are trying to send them to their flat,” a police officer said.