Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Trinamul Slams EC after FIR lodged against TMC workers for Harassing OC-MCC
Malda, 15 April, 2014: Trinamul Congress has once again targeted the Election Commission (EC) officials after an FIR was lodged against the party workers for harassing the EC officials in Kaliachak on Monday afternoon. Meanwhile, the district administration informs that those who attacked the EC officials in Kaliachak yesterday are being identified from the video-footage of the incident.
It may be mentioned that after Manikchak incident on 10 March, Trinamul supporters once again allegedly heckled the officer in charge (OC) – Model Code of Conduct (MCC) team Apratim Banerjee who went to Alinagar village on Monday afternoon to remove political flags, festoons and banners from government properties.
It was alleged that before the MCC officials got down from the car, around 200 Trinamul supporters gheraoed them and asked clarification as to why they would dismantle the Trinamul’s flags and posters.
The MCC team members were allegedly assaulted and abused too by the TMC supporters. In face of the protest the EC officials had to return. Later, they lodged a police complaint. BDO, Kaliachak I Diptarka Basu too submitted a CD to the district administration.
However, Trinamul leaders started saving the image of the party from Tuesday. District Trinamul Youth president Amlan Bhaduri said, “It is unfortunate that the EC officials are particularly targeting us. Violation of MCC by the CPI-M and Congress is being overlooked.”
District Trinamul president and minister Sabitri Mitra too defendd the party workers. “Even though our party workers put flags and banners on their houses, EC officials were removing them. We are aware of the EC guidelines. But now it appears that MCC is applicable only to Trinamul and not the other parties.”
Malda DM Sharad Dwivedi said, “I have heard that some EC official was harassed in Kaliachak yesterday. A detailed report has been sought from the BDO. We would peruse the video footage too and try to identify the offenders.”