Agartala: A CPI(M )worker was severely injured allegedly in a deadly attack by ruling BJP cadres last night at Khayerpur market of eastern outskirts of the city and has been fighting for life in Agartala Govt Medical College.
However, nobody is arrested as of now in connection with the incident. The party protested the incident and urged the Chief Minister to stop their cadres to maintain peace. Party state secretary Jitendra Chowdhury demanded police to arrest the culprits immediately and ensure exemplary punishment to bring normalcy in public life.
According to the report, the victim Samiran Kar (29), nephew of former Deputy Speaker and senior CPI(M) leader Pabitra Kar was the election agent of party candidate in the just concluded civic poll.
He was targeted on the day of the poll on November 25 last but somehow Samiran managed to escape
from the attack.
Samiran was caught in the local market on his return home after shopping by a group of BJP workers. The BJP had held victory rallies in the urban areas for their victory in civic body polls across the state and the group was just returned to Khayerpur market and found Samiran face to face and carried out unprovoked attacks on him, CPI(M) leaders said.
“He was beaten up mercilessly in presence of on-duty policemen and hundreds of people on the road with iron rods and sticks. He received a grievous head injury and multiple fractures in his hands and legs. After a few minutes, a group of people in the market raised resistance and the attackers fled away. The detailed identity of the attackers was given to police but no arrest yet,” alleged Pabitra Kar.
Samiran is still in danger due to severe bleedings and injuries in sensitive parts of the body, he said adding that the CPI(M) workers across the state have been facing attacks from the ruling BJP before the elections and it is still continuing even after winning all the civic bodies. The attacks on the opposition, especially on CPI(M), began after the BJP-IPFT government came to power.
Thousands of houses, business establishments, rubber orchards and properties were set on fire over the past 44 months of BJP rule. Over 5000 CPI(M) supporters were faced with physical attacks and a large number of them have not been staying at home from the first day. Despite registering specific FIRs and complaints, police did nothing even in a single case, rather they played a mute role when people were attacked in front of them, Kar alleged.
“BJP rigged the panchayat elections first and now rigged the urban polls. The oppositions were not allowed to contest the elections. The police and election commission did everything in favour of the BJP. The situation had gone out of control in civic polls for which Supreme Court had to intervene but it also not impacted much. The vote was looted with the direct support of the administration, police and election commission and now they are attacking the opposition,” he added.