The incident occurred a day after a local TMC leader was shot dead. The police prevented the CPI(M) leaders, accompanied by villagers reportedly supporting the Left party, from reaching Dogachia village, where several houses were vandalized and some set on fire after the murder.
Chakraborty questioned the grounds for stopping them, accusing the police of partisanship. A police officer cited administrative reasons for not allowing outsiders, leading to a scuffle as the CPI(M) leaders attempted to proceed.
The affected villagers, claiming to be CPI(M) supporters, asserted that their homes were attacked. They also alleged being barred from returning to the village, where they had fled following Monday’s violence.
Local TMC leaders accused the CPI(M) of involvement in the killing of Saifuddin Laskar, the ruling party’s area president of Bamungachi in Joynagar. ISF MLA Naushad Siddiqui from the neighboring Bhangore constituency was also stopped by the police from visiting Dogachia village.
Chakraborty contended that Laskar’s murder resulted from internal strife within the TMC and had no connection to the CPI(M). One alleged assailant was apprehended from the area soon after the shooting and was subsequently lynched, while another was arrested by the police. The arrested individual appeared before the Baruipur court on Tuesday and was remanded to 10 days in police custody.
(With agency inputs)