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Local TMC leader assaults two women by pulling at their sarees, hair in West Bengal’s Sagardeep

While TMC continues to refuse occurrences of political violence in the state, videos emerging from Bengal prove otherwise. In yet another shocking video emerging from Rudranagar of West Bengal’s Sagardeep in South 24 Parganas district, an elderly man can be seen hounding on two women from the village and assaulting them most violently. Upon investigation, the old man attacking the two women has been identified as Amar Patra, a local TMC leader who has also served as a Panchayat Pradhan in the area. Many social media users are claiming that the women he was seen thrashing are grassroots-level workers of the BJP.

In continuation to the inhumane and ruthless afflicts meted out to the BJP workers and supporters in the state, the former Panchayat Pradhan who is also a noted local TMC leader was pulling these women by the loose end of their saree (pallu/anchal). He has also been recorded while pulling the women by their hair. As the video proceeds, we find him shoving one of the women inside a cabin and trying to lock it. In the video, he does not look stable and appears highly inebriated.

The video captures a commotion relating to the opening of a shop, supposedly run by the women; the TMC leader is vehemently trying to stop them from opening their shop. People passing by the scene are observing the spectacle for a couple of minutes and then dispersing. It is shocking to witness that not one passer-by came to the defence of these hapless women. One understands it is not easy to lock horns with a TMC leader in Bengal, lest one becomes the next target of a political party known for its vindictiveness. Hence, no one interferes. Only one person was recording the video, and he too was being constantly threatened by the attacking TMC old-timer.

At last, finding no help from the locals, the women took it upon themselves to push back to the old fellow and respond to his physical blows. This is the status of normalcy in rural Bengal and the naked violence played first-hand by the senior members of the ruling dispensation.

We have given you accounts of political rapes, murders, evacuation of BJP workers to Assam in several articles previously. Visuals and disturbing pictures of these blood-curdling incidents have gone viral across all mediums of social media. However, the ruling dispensation, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, and other rank holders have repeatedly denied the occurrences of violence in the state after May 2.

When quizzed by a reporter, the TMC matriarch rubbished all the charges as rumours or fake news. In light of the persistence of the West Bengal governor to expose the violence, Banerjee, in a press meet asserted that she is unable to see any violence, and if someone is suffering from jaundiced eyes, she cannot help much.

Recently, in a televised interview, Bratya Basu, a close aide of the Chief Minister and a senior leader of Trinamool Congress, who has dealt multiple portfolios over the past ten years, was questioned on the allegations of political violence in the state. With his signature dominant stride, the former Minister of Education slammed all the claims stating that had there been any violence, there would have been video proofs of the same. Despite numerous videos establishing the extent of extremism meted out to the BJP karyakartas in the state, Basu held on to the absence of video footage to prove the claims of the BJP. 

Here is a recent video of a local TMC leader, probably in an intoxicated state, pulling at the sarees and hair of two women. This is shameful footage which is also a big question mark on the “bhadrata” the people of Bengal pride themselves over. The media of Bengal has chosen to stay silent on this matter and “intellectuals” are pretending to not have seen this viral video. There has been no outrage in the feminist camp either. The pin-drop silence is scary and does not auger well for the people of the state. It will only aggravate the madness, leaving the moderate residents to leave the state and look for survival in cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad. 

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