Supporters of Adhir attack DMís house
The workers, many of whom wielded sticks and bamboos, overran the security at District Magistrate Rajiv Kumarís bungalow and damaged some sheds inside the compound as they vandalised the place, police said. The mob included district Congress leader Monoj Chakrabarty, who was minister of state for parliamentary affairs in Mamata Banerjeeís cabinet but quit after he fell out with her.
The group wanted to give Kumar a memorandum about alleged police atrocities which is believed to have led to the death in custody of Congress worker Safiqul Islam on January 7. But the DM had instructed the ADM to receive the memorandum on his behalf.
However, the Congress workers went to the DMís bungalow and went out of control when Kumar refused to meet them, breaking flower pots and damaging a government vehicle. Some witnesses claimed that at one stage, Chowdhury tried to pacify the mob from atop a jeep.
Later, Chowdhury held the DM responsible for the trouble. ďHe had given us an appointment at 2.30 pm. If he had listened to what the people had to say and taken the memorandum, there wouldnít have been any trouble. The team also went to his bungalow and only after he refused to meet them there, they felt insulted and went out of control,Ē
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