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FIRs filed against 1200 Cong acvitists

Posted on Feb 09, 11:20AM | UNI

Kolkata, Feb 8 : Police today filed FIRs against 1200 Congress activists in connection with yesterday's violence in the office of the district magistrate of Murshidabad district, in the presence of Union Minister Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury. Though the Minister denied any such incident and refused to apologise, the Trinamool Congress demanded the Prime Minister to take action against Mr Chowdhury.

Murshidbad Superintendent of Police Humayun Kabir said FIRs had been filed gainst 1200 Congress workers who indulged in widespread vandalism in the DM's office.

Replying to a question whether an FIR had been lodged against Mr Chowdhury, the police officer said, "He is a Union Minister.'

Television cameras showed the footage of Congress activists going berserk yesterday, showering stones, smashing windscreen of vehicles and flower pots and pulling down a sun shed at the DM's office at Behrampore, as Mr Chowdhury, standing on the bonnet of a jeep, was trying to placate them.

The Congressmen were there to hold a sit-in to protest against the death of a party worker. Mr Chowdhury and Pradesh Congress President Pradip Bhattacharjee were among few other senior Congress leaders, who led the workers to submit a memorandum to DM Rajiv Kumar. The trouble broke out after they were told that the DM was having his lunch.

"It was expected that a case would be filed against me. Earlier also I had to face several charges. Everybody saw I tried to pacify the people," Mr Chowdhury said.

The Minister, however, claimed that nothing major had happened and said there was no question of his seeking apology. He rather asked how could the DM refuse to meet the delegation.

Condemning the incident, Trinamool Congress MP Sultan Ahmed said, "This is not a new thing for Adhir Chowdhury to do all illegal things. He led the group.I would like to draw the attention of the Prime Minister to this matter. He should caution Mr Chowdhury. The state government should act on it and law should take its own course," he said adding such an incident never happened in West Bengal before.

Mr Ahmed also said the Election Commission should take note of the incident and debar Mr Chowdhury from entering the district.

Known as a Congress strongman, Mr Chowdhury is a bitter rival of Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee. While Mr Chowdhury used to hold complete sway in Murshidabad district for long, the Trinamool Congress seems to have caused a rift within his ranks recently, with a number of former Chowdhury followers deserting the Congress and joining the ruling party.