Jalpaiguri Feb 23: After Jalangi its Dhupguri. A house of a CPM supporter was attacked allegedly by TMC activists while three members of the family including a woman were assaulted and beaten up for supporting the bandh on February 20. The family had participated in the rally of the CPM supporting bandh. The Trinamool supporters also allegedly tried to molest the woman. The victims are now undergoing treatment at Dhupguri hospital.
The incident occurred Friday night at around 11.30 p.m. A team of five TMC supporters led by one Dipankar Roy raided Utpal Mohonto’s house at Netaji Para in ward 14 of Dhupguri civic area allegedly in an intoxicated condition. Utpal is a known CPM activist and is a bidi worker by profession. After a quick feud between the two on the issue of the bandh, the TMC cadres beat up Utpal, his younger brother Uday and his wife – all of whom are CPM supporters. They also allegedly tried to molest the lady.
After the incident the victims were rushed to Dhupguri hospital where all the three were administered with stitches and admitted in the hospital. An FIR was lodged with the Dhupguri police against the TMC cadres who had raided Utpal’s house.
Police initially did not respond to the FIR. After intervention from the Jalpaiguri SP Amit P Javalgi that police arrested Dipankar Roy, the main accused. He is the son of Biswanath Roy, a local TMC leader. The other four accused are absconding.
According to sources within the TMC, Biswanath and Utpal are neighbours and are not in good relationship from a long time. Dipankar had actually attacked Utpal’s house to avenge the family rivalry making bandh the issue for it.
A counter FIR has been lodged by the accused against Utpal Mohonto and his family.
CPM has alleged that since coming into regime at the Dhupguri Municipality TMC supporters are consistently harassing their cadres. “Friday’s incident of attacking Utpal Mohonto is no different. He was attacked as he is a CPM supporter,” said Jia-Ur-Alam, a CPM leader of the district committee.
When contacted Chandan Bhowmik the Jalpaiguri district president of TMC refused comment.
“We have received FIR from both the sides. One person has already been arrested. More arrests will be made,” said Jalpaiguri SP, Javalgi.