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Majid Master behind terror in Sasan?

Majid Master behind terror in Sasan?

Author: Sanjib Chakraborty
Publication: The Statesman
Date: April 24, 2008

The CPI-M has allegedly unleashed a reign of terror in Sasan area near Barasat in North 24-Parganas just before the panchayat elections, forcing 12 Trinamul Congress candidates to withdraw their nomination papers till Tuesday. The man behind all the terror tactics is allegedly none other than Majid Master, a CPI-M strongman in the area.

The rest of the TMC candidates, who had filed their nomination papers as gram panchayat candidates, had to flee from their homes after facing both physical and mental torture, allegedly from CPI-M party cadres. TMC leaders also said their family members were tortured and their houses were ransacked and looted, after goons, allegedly backed by the CPI-M, didn't find them at home.

TMC leaders held Majid Master, a CPI-M leader, responsible for all the violence against Trinamul candidates and their family members. They said

such muscle flexing and terror tactics have heightened at various places in Sasan since last Sunday. Majid Master, who is well known for his strong arm tactics before every election, has a simple way of functioning. He ensures that all Opposition candidates either withdraw their nominations or fail to put up any posters or campaigns for their contest. Interestingly, Majid Master, himself is a candidate in a Zilla Parishad seat. But rumours are doing the rounds that the nomination paper of Majid could be rejected due to a spelling mistake.

Trinamul leaders suspect that irked by such rumours, the CPI-M strongman has directed his cadres to terrorise all Opposition candidates prior to the polls. "Two of our candidates were abducted from their home this morning. They were later forced to sign on a blank paper to withdraw their nomination paper. Police stood as mute spectators," alleged Mr Jyotipriya Mallick, Trinamul Congress observer for North 24-Parganas.

Mr Mallick also said earlier 10 candidates, including Mrs Sandhya Bauri, Mr Kanchan Biswas from Kasempur gram panchayat, Mr Pradip Ghosh, an independent candidate backed by the TMC from Dakshin Bahira Kalibari, Mr Ramesh Mondal, Mr Ali Soman from Khamar gram panchayat were forced to sign on blank paper to withdraw their nomination papers.

Some candidates from Kasempur, Beleghata, Falti, Sasan, Dadpur and Duttapukur-1 areas fled from their homes.

TMC leaders said police are also helping the CPI-M leaders in their operation to apply such terror tactics. However, Mr Sugato Sen, ASP (North) said they are helpless as Trinamul candidates are withdrawing their nomination papers and no complaints have been lodged. Mr Shyamal Bandhopadhya, members of CPI-M district committee said he had visited Sasan and did not see any terror tactics there organised by Majid Master.

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