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In Photo: The car in which the Trinamool candidate was travelling. Photo courtesy: Gautam Deb on FB. 

By A Newsman

Siliguri, 12 September: POLITICAL mercury is on the rise in Siliguri in the run up to the 3 October Siliguri Mahakuma Parishad polls with miscreants launching a bullet attack on a Trinamul Congress candidate at Matigara area on Saturday evening.

Although the Trinamool leader did not sustain any visible injury, alleging that the attack has been perpetrated by the CPI-M, a group of Trinamool workers assaulted two CPI-M leaders injuring them badly.

The Trinamool Atharokhai gram panchayat candidate Durlabh Chakraborty, who is reportedly traumatised following the attempt on his life, is now admitted at a private nursing home.

The two injured CPI-M leaders ~ Atharakhai local committee secretary Ashim Choudhury and leader Ashok Roy ~ are admitted in another private nursing home. The condition of Choudhury is critical.

Trinamool Siliguri leader and North Bengal development minister Gautam Deb said that Durlabh Chakraborty was travelling in a car with his wife and son that two motorbike-borne miscreants stopped the way at Balason Colony and shot bullets from the front and then escaped.

“A bullet narrowly missed Durlabh but he sustained some internal injuries as the steering of the car hit him because the driver lost control due to the sudden attack. He is now admitted at a nursing home,” Mr Deb said. Alleging that the attempt has been made at the behest of Siliguri’s CPI-M Mayor Ashok Bhattacharya, the Trinamool has convened a protest across Siligri subdivision on Sunday.

CPI-M Darjeeling district secretary Jibesh Sarkar on the other hand said that their two leaders were severely assaulted by armed Trinamool workers just after they had stepped out of the Atharokhai party office on Saturday evening.

“On the basis of the fabricated allegation that CPM workers were involved in the attack on their candidate, a group of armed Trinamool activists beat up our two leaders with iron rods and batons. The Matigara police did not accept out complaint initially but conceded only after I called up the Siliguri police commissioner,” Mr Sarkar said.

He accused minister Gautam Deb of fomenting trouble and said that how could Asok Bhattacharya direct an attack when he had left from Kolkata on Saturday afternoon.