Incessant terror continued in the state of West Bengal as ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) hooligans used all their might to prevent the opposition, especially the Leftists, to file their nominations in the upcoming Panchayat polls in the state.
In Nalhati, Birbhum district, former MP Dr Ramchandra Dom , General Secretary of Dalit Shoshan Mukti Manch (DSMM), and also CPI(M) Central Committee member was brutally attacked by TMC hooligans , when he was leading a rally with the contesting Left candidates , so that they could submit their nominations for the upcoming elections. Amidst incessant bombing and brick batting by the TMC hooligans, the rally made its way to the BDO office of the Nalhati Block, but not before Dr. Ramchandra Dom and many others received injuries.
Dr Dom received a head injury while another Left activist Hiru Let was injured by bomb splinters and had to be hospitalized in a grievous condition. Many others were also injured but showing exemplary courage, the rally participants braved the attack and fought back and the candidates were able to submit their nominations.
Left Front Chairman Biman Basu announced at a press conference that the Left Front will launch an agitation and will sit on dharna before the State Election Commissioner‘s office at Lower Rawdon Street area of Kolkata, demanding appropriate steps by the Commission to uphold democracy in the state.
Incidents of cordoning off the administrative headquarters of different blocks by the TMC hooligans have been reported from throughout the state. In a planned move, these armed gangs blockade the block offices to prevent Left candidates to enter the premises for filing their nomination papers.
Even in the face of risk to life, Left activists encircled their candidates and tried to submit their nominations. However, on 5 April they were attacked at Nalhati and Murarai of Birbhum district , Borjora ,Sonamukhi and Bishnupur of Bankura district, Jagatballavporre of Howrah district, Malbazaar of Jalpaiguri district, Balagarh of Hooghly district ,Ketugram of Burdwan district, Matangini block of East Mediniporre district and at Hariharpara of Murshidabad district.