News Frontliner Web Desk, 07 May 2019: Pre-poll violence in Khandaghosh of Purba Bardhaman district which falls under the Bishnupur Lok Sabha constituency on Sunday night killed one CPI(M) activist. Bishnupur Lok Sabha seat will go into poll on 12th May, in the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha election 2019.
Sheikh Kamrul, a CPI(M) party worker was allegedly attacked and brutally stabbed by Trinamool goons on 5th May at about 8:30 pm while he was returning from Namaaz at his village Onari accompanied by his son Sheikh Minhajuddin. Five villagers who rushed in to save Kamrul were also injured.
48 year old Kamrul was immediately taken to the local health centre from where he was rushed to Bardhaman Medical College and hospital in Bardhaman town. But Kamrul succumbed to his injuries by Monday morning in spite of the doctors making all their effort to save Kamaral.
As the news of Kamarul’s death reached Khandaghosh, CPI(M) supporters retorted to road blockade demanding immediate arrest of those involved in the gruesome attack. The road block was lifted only after the police assured of stern action.
An FIR has been lodged naming the perpetrators. The police later arrested four men including Sheikh Hasanujjaman who closeness with the local TMC leaders is a well-known fact.
CPI(M) District Secretary Achinta Mallik, AIKS State Secretary Amal Halder and CPI(M) leader Uday sarkar met the bereaved family of Kamarul and paid homage.
Amal Halder speaking to the media said that Kamarul had to give his life because he was trying to mobilise people of Khandaghosh to fight any attempt of vote loot by the TMC men in the upcoming Lok Sabha poll.
Khandaghosh is one of the seven assembly segments that constitute Bidhnupur Lok Sabha seat. Khandaghosh asembly segment has been a CPI(M) bastion for years. Even in 2011 when CPI(M) after 34 years of rule was defeated by Trinamool Congress, CPI(M) candidate Nabin Chandra Bag came out victorious. Howver Bag later switched to Trinamool before the 2016 assembly poll and defeated Asima Roy by a meagre 3212 votes.
Bishnupur, known for the Bishnupur gharana of Hindustani music and Teracotta temple will witness a four-pronge fight in this Lok Sabha election. Sitting Bishnupur MP, Saumitra Khan who won in 2014 on a TMC ticket is the BJP candidate this year. Khan joined the BJP in January 2019 after being expelled for anti-party activities. Sunil Khan is the CPI(M) candidate, Shyamal Santra is the TMC candidate and Narayan Chandra Khan is the Congress candidate here.