Karimpur, Nov. 20: Bengali film and television actors Rimjhim Mitra and Rupanjana Mitra were allegedly assaulted by a mob of suspected Trinamul Congress supporters in Dogachi-Tilipara market in Nadia’s Thanarpara on Tuesday evening during a campaigning programme in support of BJP’s Karimpur by-poll candidate Jay Prakash Majumdar.
Some local BJP supporters rescued them and took to a temporary shelter from where they later put into a car that helped them flee from the place.
The incident ignited tension in the area as armed Trinamul supporters later beaten up the BJP activists. Prahlad Sarkar, one of the BJP activists was later admitted to Natidanga block hospital in critical condition.
Rimjhim Mitra, who joined BJP during July this year said, “It was a horrible experience. Thank God, that we could manage to escape finally. I have taken part in many such party programme but never had such a horrible experience”.
“It was a street corner in support of Jay Prakash Da. Soon I started speaking on NRC issue a section of the crowd who were disturbing the audience from the beginning created a ruckus. They were hurling abusive and suddenly started coming closure to us overcoming the crowd in front of them. We smelled trouble and tried to come out, but they started pulling our sari, tried to drag us with indecent gestures. It appeared to be plan fully done by the local Trinamul leadership who watching everything sitting from a party office close to the spot”, Rimjhim said.
“Most surprisingly all these happened before a police team, but they remain mute spectators and they neither rescued us nor prevented the Trinamul supporters ”, said Rupanjan who was accompanying Rimjhim on the programme.
“It was a horrible experience. Thank God, that we could manage to escape finally. I have taken part in many such party programme but never had such a horrible experience” – Rimjhim Mitra
Local Trinamul block president Raju Mullick, however, refuted the allegation. “The chaos is an outcome of BJP’s internal feud. Barely a month ago, the BJP supporters fought during a party workshop opposing the nomination of Jay Prakash Majumdar. On Tuesday too no Trinamul supporter was present there in the meeting. The allegations are baseless and to malign our party only”.
A large number of BJP supporters later rushed to the Thanarpara police station but alleged manhandled by Trinamul supporters in front of the police station.
BJP candidate Jay Prakash Majumdar later lodged a complaint against 15 Trinamul workers including its Karimpur-II block president Raju Mullick. He also lodged a complaint against the officer in charge of the Thanarpara police station Sumit Kumar Ghosh and sub-inspector Seikh Mosiur Rahaman accusing them of playing a desperate partisan role. The BJP candidate has also lodged a complaint with the Chief Election Commissioner demanding the removal of the Thanarpara OC.
Jay Prakash Majumdar said, “The OC has made the police station into a Trinamul party office. He fled from the police station to avoid receiving a complaint. I have appraised the incident to the police observer who assured me of action.
Superintendent of police Krishnagar police district Zafar Ajmal Kidwai snapped off the call on repeated occasions when asked to comment on the alleged incident.