Two journalists from television channels were critically injured in panchayat pollrelated violence. One of them had petrol poured over him in an abortive attempt to set him on fire. The journalists were allegedly attacked by Trinamool Congress workers when they tried to cover an incident of prepoll violence in Barrackpore.
“We have from time to time highlighted how Trinamool Congress is resorting to violence in the run-up to panchayat polls. The attack on mediapersons is just a part of the overall violence. We strongly condemn it and demand immediate action against the culprits,” said Deepa Dasmunshi, Congress MP.
“Just holding our flags does not make anyone our party member. We are investigating the incident. The guilty will be punished,” said Partha Chatterjee,
Trinamool Congress secretary general.
A section of leaders, including Trinamool MP Dinesh Trivedi and state food minister Jyotipriyo Mullick, condemned the incident.
“Initially, it was we who faced attacks, then it was the Congress. Now mediapersons have been attacked and there are incidents of internal feud within the Trinamool. I have requested the Governor to intervene,” said Suryakanta Mishra, the leader of the opposition in the state Assembly and CPI(M) leader.
Camerapersons Astik Chattopadhyay and Barun Sengupta, from two leading television channels, were attacked with lathis and iron rods by Trinamool workers when they visited Barrackpore to cover an incident of poll-related violence between two groups within Trinamool.
“An agitation protesting the murder of a Trinamool leader grew violent and two journalists who were covering the event were attacked. They have been hospitalised with serious injuries. We have arrested three persons,” Barrackpore Commissioner of Police Sanjay Singh said.
Over two dozen Trinamool supporters allegedly attacked the mediapersons who received injures and were later admitted to a local hospital. The duo received injuries on the head and other parts of the body. Miscreants locked Sengupta in a nearby house, doused him in petrol and tried to set him on fire.