Mollah in hospital, says assaulted by Trinamool men ‘led’ by Arabul


Veteran CPM MLA and former minister Abdur Rezzaq Mollah was hospitalised after Trinamool Congress cadres allegedly led by former Trinamool MLA Arabul Islam assaulted him at Bhangar in South 24-Parganas on Sunday afternoon.

The incident triggered tension in the area, with CPM cadres taking to the streets demanding immediate arrest of the assaulters, including Arabul.

According to reports, the attack happened around 12.30 pm when Mollah, 70, was arriving at a party office at Katatala, which was burnt down last night allegedly by Trinamool-backed goons.

Trinamool supporters allegedly led by Arabul, who was holding a party rally at that time, stopped Mollah's car and ransacked it. When Mollah came out of the vehicle, the cadres beat him up. The lawmaker fell on the road. The cadres reportedly punched him in the face and kicked his chest and waist. Mollah sustained injuries below the left eye and in the waist. The assault continued till policemen arrived.

Mollah was taken to a private hospital off EM Bypass in his own car. A police constable accompanied him.

A doctor said Mollah had been administered injection and two stitches on his lower lip. "He complained of pain in his waist for which he underwent medical examination. ECG was conducted. He is stable," the doctor said.

From the hospital bed, Mollah said: "Before leaving home, I telephoned the superintendent of police, South 24-Parganas, informing him of my visit to Katatala office. The officer asked me to go there. When my car was passing through Katatala, Trinamool cadres attacked my vehicle and assaulted me. I sustained injuries all over the body."

Leader of Opposition Surjyakanta Mishra condemned the attack and demanded arrest of the culprits. "We demand immediate arrest of Arabul. He should have been arrested earlier. He is among those who assaulted Mollah."

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