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Feb 21, 2013 at 04:40pm IST

Bharat bandh: TMC workers allegedly chop off ear of panchayat employee

Kolkata: Trinamool Congress workers allegedly chopped off an ear of a panchayat employee after he failed to report for work on day one of the trade unions' strike in West Bengal. The incident took place at Debipur in the Murshidabad district.

The victim was allegedly attacked by TMC workers when he reported for duty on Thursday. Reports say a section of TMC workers shouting slogans stormed the panchayat office in Debipur to take stock of which panchayat employee did not report for work during day one of the trade unions' strike.

Reports also say the victim said he could not report for work as his house was far from the office and it was difficult for him to reach considering the bandh.

The victim has been admitted to the hospital. However, no formal police complaint has been lodged yet. "They came and started breaking computers and ransacked the office. They attacked me with a knife and in the process mutilated my ear. They were upset because I didn't attend work because of the strike," the victim said.

Reacting to the incident, West Bengal Congress leader Deepa Dasmunsi said, "It is shocking. The West Bengal government could have taken action against the employee, but how can they go to such an extent?" Calling it 'goondaraj' Dasmunsi said, "This is like jungle raj or like the West bengal Governor said goondaraj."

West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee had warned the state government employees against being absent from work during the two-day Bharat bandh.

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