CONTAI/KALYANI: A BJP worker's father died while trying to defend his son during an attack by suspected Trinamool supporters inside their house at Patashpur in East Midnapore, while a party booth president had his wrist hacked off in Nadia's Chakdah on Saturday. Both Patashpur and Chakdah are tense.
Amulya Mondal (80) was pushed to the ground when suspected TMC supporters attacked his son Shankar, a BJP worker, at their Gopalpur home in Patashpur. The senior citizen was pronounced brought dead at the local hospital. His family alleged that one Kinkar Hazra had shoved Amulya that led to his death.
Shankar had on January 1 organised a meeting of BJP supporters in Gopalpur. Trinamool organised a meeting the next day. BJP's Contai leader Anup Kumar Chakraborty blamed Trinamool for Amulya's death. Patashpur's Trinamoool leader Piyush Panda, however, said the old man had been bedridden and died much before the party meeting.
In Chakdah's Shimurali area, BJP booth president Ratan Barman (35) was attacked in front of his home. He is also associated with the fish trade and doubles as a pawn broker.
On Saturday night, Barman was returning home, which is around 100 yards from the market. "He was opening the gate when three persons attacked him from behind," his wife Tithi said. "He was hit on the head and then randomly with a sharp weapon. They tried to gag him and poke fingers into his eyes. He collapsed. The attackers then hacked off his right wrist," Tithi added.
BJP's Ranaghat MP Jagannath Sarkar, who visited Barman in hospital, blamed Trinamool for the attack. Trinamool leaders refuted the charge.