Just before the impending West Bengal Assembly elections, a video of an 85-year-old lady, Shobha Mazumdar, mother of Gopal Mazumdar, a Bharatiya Janata Party worker in Dum Dum city of North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, has gone viral.
In the video, she is recounting how she and her son were brutally thrashed by Trinamool Congress goons in the poll-bound state. The barbaric attack has left the old woman’s face terribly swollen and discoloured.
Gruesome incidents of political violence are quite common in West Bengal, but this incident seems to have shaken the conscience of the nation.
Shobha Mazumdar says she was pushed around and beaten and claims that they were warned not to talk about the incident.
“They hurled the choicest abuse at us and began to assault us,” Gopal claimed.
“They pushed my mother and she got badly injured. After attacking us, they left the house. I am a member of the local BJP mandal (BJP committee). They first assaulted us with bare hands and then hit on my head with the hood of a revolver. After that, I fell down on the ground. They kicked and assaulted me further,” Gopal added.
The TMC, meanwhile, has denied the charges. Nirmal Ghosh, Bengal TMC MLA from Panihati Assembly Constituency, said that the incident is a domestic matter between family members and has nothing to do with the TMC.
"We have found that the incident in North Dum Dum's Nimta area is a family matter and the fighting happened among family members. It is their internal matter. TMC has nothing to do with this incident. It does not suit the BJP to make such false allegations on TMC," said Ghosh.
He added that the victim is not an important leader of BJP and the one accused of carrying out the attack is also not linked to TMC in any manner.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister have repeatedly slammed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for letting loose TMC goons and perpetrating violence on their political opponents. There have been a flurry of cases of political violence in Bengal in the last few years, most of them allegedly by TMC goons.
In December 2020, even the convoy of BJP president JP Nadda was attacked. The assembly elections in Bengal will take place in 8 phases during March-April.