Mamata claims hurt by her own escorts while campaigning

Updated on May 06, 2004 02:20 PM IST

The Trinamool firebrand claims she was hurt by her own police escorts while campaigning in Kolkata.

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PTI | ByIndo-Asian News Service, Kolkata

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has been injured while campaigning, and the firebrand leader claims she was hurt by her own police escorts.

"One of them threw me down to the ground and nudged me hard with his elbow. I've marked all of them," Banerjee, fuming with anger, told reporters on Thursday.

The incident occurred late on Wednesday night when she was campaigning at Sonarpur in her South Kolkata constituency.

The venue was crowded and police had a tough time controlling the people. As Banerjee walked towards the podium from where she was to give a speech, she tripped and fell.

She alleged that one her police escorts pushed her and another hit her with his elbow.

"I am shocked that the people sent to escort and guard me actually knocked me down. I'm sure this attack is motivated," Banerjee said.

She did not, however, claim that the 'attack' was conspired by the state's ruling leftists -- an allegation she has often made.

Banerjee often says at public meetings that the leftists are conspiring to murder her.

Hurt on her right elbow, Banerjee took some time to recover. She finished her speech as scheduled.

Once she returned home, anxious party leaders inquired about her health.

Some of them have suggested that the matter be brought to the notice of the Election Commission.

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