Asok Bhattacharya in a file photo.
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Featured Image: A file photo of Siliguri Mayor Asok Bhattacharya. 

By A Newsman

Siliguri, 29 August: A CAR carrying Siliguri Mayor Asok Bhattacharya of the CPI-M was attacked on Saturday afternoon at Tinbati More near New Jalpaiguri.

The Siliguri Mayor has alleged that the attackers belonged to Trinamool Congress and that they acted at the behest of North Bengal Development minister Gautam Deb. He said that he would lodge a FIR with the police that would have a mention of the minister’s role.

This is the second such attack on Mr Bhattacharya in the past 15 days. Earlier he had faced an attack by Trinamool Congress workers at Balasan Colony near Matigara while leading a CPI-M procession in the evening of 15 August.

“The Darjeeling District Basti Unnayan Samiti, which is affiliated to our trade union, organised an open convention at Tinbati area today and they had invited me to deliver a speech. I was heading to the venue on my way back from a party programme at Tufanganj in Cooch Behar, that a group of hoodlums carrying both black and Trinamool flags, zeroed in on car from all sides at Tinbati More and started hitting it with sticks,” the Siliguri Mayor said.

“Luckily, the car’s glass windows were all up and this saved me, my security guard and the driver from being hurt. This continued for about five minutes until our supporters rushed in from the convention venue and the hoodlums fled,” he said, adding that the attack was planned by minister Mr Deb.

Condemning the attack, CPI-M has called for protests in all municipal wards under Siliguri Municipal Corporation tomorrow. This is even as minister Mr Deb termed it to be a ploy of Mr Bhattachraya to grab public attention.