Kolkata: A BJP worker who attended Amit Shah's Kolkata rally in Kolkata was allegedly beaten brutally after being dragged out of his home by TMC workers on Wednesday.
TMC workers forced Bishnu Chowdhury to join the party and upon refusing he was burnt with cigarette butts and the letters "TMC" - the abbreviation for Trinamool Congress - were branded on the chest
The incident took place in Hooghly district.
"Trinamool goons burnt my whole body with cigarettes asking why I had attended Shah's rally. They asked me to join Trinamool, and when I refused, they mercilessly beat me up and branded the letters TMC on my chest," said Chowdhury, a resident of Bansberia in Hooghly district.
While the opposition and members of civil society have condemned the incident, Trinamool's Hooghly unit president Tapan Dasgupta has denied the involvement of his party and dubbed the incident a "BJP-staged drama".
BJP's Hooghly unit president Krishna Bhattacharjee said the party has apprised the National Human Rights Commission about the incident and was in the process of making a formal complaint. Chowdhury too has filed a police complaint.
(With IANS inputs)