Violent clashes between supporters of two rival factions of Durgapur Trinamool Congress left several Trinamool supporters and three policemen injured near Durgapur’s Sagarbhanga colony on yesterday (January 03). This has been the second clash within rival factions of Durgapur Trinamool Congress in past three days.
One may recall that on the party’s foundation day on January 01, two rival factions of Trinamool Congress clashed violently among themselves over the issue of flag hoisting at the party’s Bidhannagar party office in Durgapur.
Yesterday’s clash between supporters of rival factions of Trinamool Congress was triggered by challenging bids to take possession of vacant land adjacent to Sagarbhanga Zonal centre in Durgapur.
Trouble started around 11 am in the morning at Durgapur Sagarbhanga when Trinamool leader of Durgapur’s MAMC area Atindra Chattopadhyay, accompanied by some of his supporters tried to erect a temporary shop in the vacant land adjacent to Sagarbhanga zonal centre not far away from Durgapur railway station. Supporters of local Trinamool leader, Sunil Chattopadhyay, who is also the Trinamool Block president of Block no. 3 protested the attempt of such construction.
Soon the verbal war of words turned ugly and the supporters of the two rival factions of Trinamool Congress got involved in ugly scuffle. Trinamool leader Atindra Chattopadhyay himself and Rajendra Singha, a close aide of Sunil Chattopadhyay got injured and had to be admitted in Durgapur sub-divisional hospital.
As the news of the violent clash reached Durgapur’s Coke Oven police station, three policemen arrived to ease the tension. Caught in between the two fighting groups, ASI Ashwini Mondal was allegedly hit on his nose and he fell down. Even, two accompanying constables Rakesh Choubay and Bimalkanta Mondal while making an attempt to rescue the ASI, was injured. The ASI was hit on his nose and was bleeding profusely.
Soon, ACP (East) Pankaj Diwedi and Circle Inspector Dipankar Bakshi reached with a large contingent of policemen from Coke Oven police station. Seeing such large number of police force supporters of both the Trinamool rival factions fled.
All the three injured policemen were taken to the Durgapur sub-divisional hospital. They were however released later.
Durgapur police has begun a probe and have arrested five Trinamool Congress supporters so far.