Siliguri: Despite having won majority seats in the Panchayat elections held in May, CPI-M today couldn’t form the board at a Gram Panchayat in Jalpaiguri district due to violence allegedly perpetrated by Trinamool.
The attack by Trinamool cadres has left 15 CPI-M workers injured. They have been admitted to three different hospitals in the district.
In the elections held in May, CPI-M had won four out of the seven seats at Angrabhasa-I Gram Panchayat in Nagrakata block. Trinamool managed to wrest three seats. Since the elections were held before the term of the previous elected board expiring, the newly elected members couldn’t assume office all these months.
Recently, the term of the previous board expired and the administration fixed today as the date for formation of the new board.
“As soon as we neared the Gram Panchayat office, Trinamool goons launched an indiscriminate attack on us. They didn’t even allow us to enter the office and block development officer was a mute spectator,” alleged Parbati Cheetri, a CPI-M leader and former head of Angrabhasa-I GP.
Eyewitnesses said that in the face of the Trinamool attack, CPI-M cadres tried to put up a resistance. This escalated the situation so much that police had to fire teargas shells to disperse the violent crowd.
CPI-M cadres got overpowered by the Trinamool cadres who had taken positions in advance. Thus, as many as 15 CPI-M cadres suffered moderate to grievous injuries in the clash. Some of them are now admitted to the Banarhat Rural Hospital, while the critical ones are under treatment at the super-specialty hospitals at Malbazar and Jalpaiguri.