Trinamool Congress again came in the line of fire on Saturday when ruling party supporters allegedly vandalised a BSNL telephone exchange office in Howrah and beat up some employees for staying away from work during the two-day countrywide strike on February 20 and 21.
The attack comes two days after Trinamool workers cut off the ear of a gram panchayat employee at Jalangi in Murshidabad district and five CITU supporters were thrashed at Kulpi in South 24-Parganas district for taking out a procession in support of the strike.
Doctors at Kolkata’s Chittaranjan National Medical College and Hospital (CNMCH), where one of the injured in the Kulpi attack, Gopal Majhi, is admitted claimed Majhi might permanently lose his eyesight.
Two Trinamool supporters were arrested on Saturday in connection with the Kulpi clash and one in Jalpaiguri after Trinamool supporters allegedly beat up a CPI(M) supporter and ransacked his house on Friday night.
Trouble started at around 10.30 on Saturday morning at the BSNL office near Shibpur BE College, when a group of 8-10 Trinamool supporters barged into the office, ransacked furniture and beat up employees for defying the ‘state whip to attend office’ during the strike.
Trinamool supporters allegedly beat up sub-divisional engineer Arabul Haque and two other employees Sandip Mondal and Manasij Basu. Mondal and Basu were admitted to Howrah State General Hospital, from where they were discharged after primary treatment.
“We have lodged an FIR with police. The employees are suffering from insecurity after the attack. We have demanded a police picket be put up in the area and patrolling intensified,” general manager Gautam Kar said.
“Trinamool is deliberately creating disturbances in the state. If such a situation continues, we might soon see civil war erupting here,” state Congress chief Pradip Bhattacharya said.
Doctors at CNMCH said that Majhi has lost his sense of light direction. “Majhi had a cataract surgery earlier. Due to the attack, the lens and other fluid has come out through his left eye. Though we have successfully removed the blood clot, we would further investigate injuries to his retina. But we fear he might lose his eye sight,” Jyotirmoy Dutta, head of the eye department at CNMCH, said.
On Saturday, police arrested Supriya Haldar, known to be a close aide of local MLA Jogranjan Haldar, and Golam Hossain in connection with the attack. Both have been remanded in judicial custody for two days.
In Dhupguri in Jalpaiguri district, Trinamool workers were accused of beating up CPI(M) supporter Utpal Mahanta and vandalising his house for participating in the labour strike on February 20.
Police superintendent Amit P Javalgi informed that one of the five named in the FIR, Biswajit Ray, has been arrested. Trinamool workers have previously been accused of assaulting college principals and professors in Raiganj, Rampurhat, Jhargram and Bhangar.