Senior CPI(M) leader and former West Bengal minister Abdul Rezzak Mollah was today allegedly attacked by Trinamool Congress supporters at Kanta Tala in South 24-Parganas district, a top party leader claimed.
"The attackers under the leadership of Trinamool local leader Arabul Islam today smashed Mollah's vehicle and injured him badly," CPI(M) state secretary and Left Front Chairman Biman Bose said.
Describing such incidents as attempts to suppress opposition's voice, Bose alleged that Trinamool goons set fire to CPI(M) local party office last night.
Demanding immediate arrest of Arabul Islam, Leader of the Opposition Surjya Kanta Mishra said, "CPI(M) will gherao the office of Superintendent of Police if he is not arrested within 48 hours."
Superintendent of Police Praveen Tripathi said that a complaint has been lodged in this regard.
"Six persons have been arrested for putting up road blockades to protest against the incident," he said.
A doctor of the private hospital where Mollah was being treated said his condition is stable.
"Mollah has injuries in lower lip for which a stitch was needed. He lost a tooth. His condition is now stable," the doctor said.
Meanwhile, Trinamool Congress denied any role of its party members in the incident and accused CPI(M) of making false claims.
"At a time when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has restored peace in Jangal Mahal and Darjeeling, CPI(M) is trying to foment trouble in the state by creating communal tension and inciting violence," Trinamool leader and State Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim said.
Hakim alleged that Mollah entered the area with some political motive when a meeting of Trinamool Congress was going on at Bhangor area with police permission.
"Ignoring request of the local police, Mollah rushed to the meeting site to instigate the people. This in turn resulted in a scuffle. Now he is making a drama by getting admitted to a private hospital to show that the law and order in Bengal is in a precarious state," Hakim said.
Ruling out CPI(M)'s allegations of Trinamool workers torching party office, Hakim said some CPI(M) cadre attacked Trinamool office in the area and set fire on their office to create tension and put the blame on Trinamool.
Criticising the attack on Mollah, WBPCC president Pradip Bhattacharya said, "Ruling Trinamool wants to suppress the voice of the Opposition by similar attacks and thus they have unleashed a reign of terror in the state."