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Trinamool on rampage in Bengal after Mamata heckled

Last updated on: April 09, 2013 22:31 IST

Violence has erupted in Bengal on Tuesday after Students’ Federation of India activists heckled West Bengal Chief minister Mamata Banerjee and Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra.

Banerjee on Tuesday faced protests over last week’s death of SFI activist Sudipta Gupta in Kolkata from Left activists, who also attacked WB Finance Minister Amit Mitra outside the Planning Commission office in New Delhi.

Following this, Banerjee's meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was cancelled after Banerjee reported sick.

A group of protesters from Left organisations, which waited for the Trinamool Congress chief outside the commission's office, raised slogans against her when she arrived with Mitra at 3:45 pm to meet plan panel Deputy Chairperson Montek Singh Ahluwalia.

After this, Trinamool Congress workers unleashed violence across Bengal and communist leaders across Pursura, Haripal, Taldangra were attacked on Tuesday evening.

Trinamool Congress workers allegedly ransacked seven Communist Party of India-Marxist offices in Coochbehar, a party office in Danton and one in Barrackpore. A CPI-M-inclined teacher in Daspur too faced the Trinamool wrath.

The attacks took place in Hooghly, Howrah, Bankura, Birbhum, North and South 24 Parganas, Cooch Behar and Darjeeling districts, CPM sources said.

Six CPM offices at Barrackpore in North 24 Parganas district were burnt down and the car of former Higher Education minister and CPM leader Sudarshan Roychowdhury was damaged at Serampore in Hooghly district, the sources said.

The car of former minister and veteran CPM leader Abdur Rezzak Mollah was attacked with bombs at Baruipur in South 24 Parganas district, they said.

Party offices were targetted with CPM workers driven out and furniture damaged at Haripal, Tarakeswar, Pursura, and Chunchura in Hooghly district, the sources said.

The police said that in Pursura in the same district, seven bombs were found in a CPM party office after receiving a complaint from Trinamool Congress.

At Salkia, Bagnan, Udaynarayanpur and Domjur in Howrah district, party offices were vandalised. The police said the situation was now under control.

CPM Bankura district leader Amiyo Patro alleged around 30 armed TMC workers raided the Marxist party office at Taldangra with the police remaining a mute spectator.

In Birbhum distroct, Debashis Ganguly, Suri CPM zonal committee secretary, charged a TMC procession with around 100 persons broke into the party office and vandalised it.

With inputs from PTI

A Correspondent in Kolkata