Less than 36 hours after a Trinamool Congress Minister’s alleged hate speech directed at the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the house of a CPI(M) councillor of Kolkata Municipal Corporation was attacked in the Beliaghata area of the city in the early hours of Friday.
Ward No.33 councillor and Borough No.3 chairperson Rajib Biswas said the attack was a consequence of the remarks allegedly made by State Food Minister Jyotipriya Mullick at Birati in North 24 Parganas district on Wednesday.
“The language used by the Minister encouraged some people to commit this act,” Mr. Biswas said, adding that a group of alleged drunken men attacked his house with bricks at about 1.30 a.m. The attack allegedly lasted over 30 minutes.
“My family members, including my children, are terrified since the incident,” he said.
“The CPI(M) should be treated as one would treat a cobra if it entered one’s house,” Mr. Mullick had allegedly said, warning party activists and supporters against holding rallies or attending rallies if they wanted to avoid public anger and being beaten up.
The CPI(M) organised a rally in the area during the day to protest against the attack. Mr. Biswas was present at the rally. Demanding Mr. Mullick’s arrest, Mr. Biswas alleged that the attack was aimed to threaten CPI(M) workers so that they do not participate in such rallies.
State Left Front chairperson Biman Bose said the remarks made by Mr. Mullick will take the people further on the path of confrontation.
“My message will be not to succumb to provocation,” Mr. Bose said, adding that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee should take action in this case.
Meanwhile, local Trinamool Congress MLA Paresh Pal denied involvement of his party supporters in the attack.
“What purpose does it serve the Trinamool to attack his house? He is making such allegations only for publicity,” Mr Pal said.