MALDA, 8 APRIL: Political blame has started between the TMC and the CPI (M) after a Trinamool Congress worker was allegedly tortured in worst possible way when a brick was hung with his private parts after being roughed up brutally.
Nur Salim (42), of village Masimpur under Kaliachak police station informed that he had planned to buy a land at Old Malda recently. Accordingly on 5 April he was coming to Old Malda with Rs 1.50 lakh as an advance of the land. But when he reached Balupur around 10 am he was attacked by four goons. They were Sahidur Sk, Akil Sk, Hatim Sk and Gahur Sk. All of them were claimed to be CPI (M) supporters by Salim’s family.
It was alleged that they had taken away Salim forcefully and covered his eyes with black clothes. He was brutally roughed up and was robbed of his money. Finally Salim found himself in a mango orchard, he could not recognize. His hands and legs were tied up and he was stripped. The miscreants had hung a brick with his private part so that he could not flee. Salim said that the miscreants had left the place leaving him alone in a ditch in the orchard.
His elder brother Bahiul Sk along with the villagers found Salim lying in a mango orchard. He was admitted to local Silampur health centre first. But as his condition did not improve he was taken to Malda District Hospital on Saturday night. Bahiul claimed that a complaint was lodged at Kaliachak police station on the day of incident against four miscreants, but police did not take any action.
Meanwhile, political blame game has started with this incident. Social Welfare Minister Sabitri Mitra reacted sharply to this, “Nur Salim is an active TMC worker. In Bamangram and Masimpur CPI (M) stronghold was on the wane as TMC is making inroad. Thus panicked CPI (M) goons are out to attack our workers. I’ve asked police to take action. TMC cannot be thwarted in this way.”
On the contrary, district CPI (M) senior leader Debajyoti Sinha said: “It’s the habit of the TMC to discover the ghosts of the Communists in each single
incident be it a hailstorm or a kidnapping.” “We would not make any rash comment before looking into the details,” Sinha added.
Superintendent of Police Jayanta Pal said, “Salim’s brother initially lodged a complained of kidnapping against some persons. According we filed a case against suitable sections. The complaint of torture was added later.” “However, we’ve started an enquiry and raid is on to nab the accused,” Pal added.