Hooghly (WB): Trinamool Congress candidate
and former IPS officer Rachpal Singh on Thursday claimed that he and
his supporters were assaulted by CPI(M) workers while he was
campaigning at Piyasara in Hooghly district.
Singh, who is pitted against West Bengal Fire Services
Minister and Marxist Forward Bloc candidate Pratim Chatterjee
in the Tarakeswar Assembly seat, lodged a complaint with
Tarakeswar police station that he was assaulted by CPI(M)
workers led by party leader Mohar Mullick at Piyasara, about
10 km from Tarakeswar and 80 km from Kolkata.
"I had gone to Piyasara for campaigning. Suddenly some
CPI(M) workers led by Mohar Mullick attacked me and my party
supporters. I sustained injuries on the head, arms and leg
while six of my supporters were also injured," he said.
Singh and his supporters sat on a dharna at Piyasara
demanding immediate arrest of Mullick and others responsible
for the attack on him and his supporters.
Singh is among the five former IPS officers fielded by
the Trinamool Congress in the coming Assembly elections.
Superintendent of Police of Hooghly Tanmay Raychowdhury
said Additional Superintendent of Police A Biswas has been
sent to the area to investigate the matter.
Meanwhile, CPI(M) denied Singh`s charge that he was
assaulted by its workers and instead claimed that one of
their party offices was damaged by Trinamool Congress
supporters and their workers had gone to meet Singh to
complain about it.
Elections to the Tarakeswar Assembly seat would be held
on May 3 during the fourth-phase of the six-phase poll.