Tura, Mar 19: A teacher, working in a school in Phulbari and affiliated with the Congress party and the former MLA of Phulbari, AT Mondal, was brutally beaten up by a group of workers of the National People’s Party last evening leading to a huge ruckus in the town of Phulbari in West Garo Hills.
Meanwhile other Congress party workers, who had worked with the former representative of Phulbari, have made similar complaints of intimidation by workers belonging to NPP’s SG Esmatur Mominin (Rahibul). The Congress party workers – who have allegedly been on the run since the declaration of results, even made a complaint to the SP of West Garo Hills, Dr MGR Kumar though the threat was not countered by local police despite the complaints.
Yesterday’ incident has sparked a huge turn with one Mahabul Hoque (of Koylaghat, Phulbari) on the run after he and a group of alleged NPP workers beat up Shahnawaz Ahmed in the Phulbari market at about 7:30 pm last evening. Ahmedy6 was beaten up with such brutality that he lost consciousness and was rushed to the Phulbari CHC from where he has been referred to Guwahati for further treatment.
“We were all together having tea when he (Shahnawaz) went out of the tea shop to charge his phone. Without any provocation from him, the NPP group led by Mahabul attacked him and beat him into unconsciousness. When they felt they may have killed him, they ran from the spot,” said one of Shahnawaz’s friends who was close by him at the time of the incident.
The attack was later confirmed by the SP of WGH, Dr MGR Kumar who said that a case was filed and a lookout for the culprit (Mahabul) was currently on.
“We are on the lookout for him and according to local police he also has criminal antecedents. We approaching the Court on the matter and he will definitely be booked under appropriate sections of the law,” said Dr Kumar while also asking to the accused to give himself up.
Earlier Congress workers, most of who were based in the Chibinang area in the constituency spoke about the open intimidation being faced by them from alleged NPP workers.
“We are being openly threatened by them and the police has done nothing to work on our complaints or even give us any protection. Even the road to one of our worker’s houses was cut off as punishment. In another case one of our people – whose shop is in Chibinang – was taken out of his shop and asked not to show his face for six months in the town. Some of us in fear have not even returned to our houses for fear of being beaten up or worse – killed,” said one of the victims on the condition of anonymity.
Former Speaker, AT Mondal was critical of the role of the police in the matter stating that complainants had even visited the SP and informed him on the matter but nothing has been done to take care of the matter.
“We have details of phone threats, physical threats that are being heaped upon the people who supported me but the police is only paying lip service. Politics is a choice and no one has the right to force this upon anyone. The police has the duty of protecting this right,” said former Speaker Mondal when earlier contacted.
The NPP MLA, Rahibul however earlier played down the complaints stating that it was a Congress trick.
“There is no intimidation and they are themselves not returning. None of our workers is involved in threatening them or doing anything. These are just stories of make-believe,” asserted Rahibul on Saturday.
However yesterday’s beating of a teacher, has put a spanner in his statement an d action is likely to follow as has been promised by the police, to crack down on any such cases of intimidation that takes place.