Panchayat members from West Bengal flee to Jharkhand after receiving 'death threats' from TMC

Tarapado Mahto, who has taken refuge along with his family in Ranchi said they were being forced to join TMC at gunpoint despite having been elected representing the BJP.

Published: 12th June 2018 05:11 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th June 2018 05:11 AM   |  A+A-

Express News Service

RANCHI:  Hundreds of recently-elected panchayat representatives from West Bengal are said to have been forced to take refuge in adjoining districts of Jharkhand due to alleged death threats from Trinamool Congress (TMC) cadres. Tarapado Mahto, who has taken refuge along with his family in Ranchi for the last 15 days, said that they were being forced to join TMC at gunpoint despite having been elected representing the BJP.

“Results were declared on May 14 and we left the place on May 22 after being terrorised by Trinamool goons who started forcing us to change sides to TMC at gunpoint. They told us that they would kill us and kidnap our children if we did not join their party,” said Mahto, elected from Circle number 2 in Chaandra Panchayat of West Midnapore.  

“More than 500 elected representatives, both men and women, from Purulia, Bankura, Jhargram and West Midnapore have fled to save their lives and taken shelter in adjoining districts like Ranchi, Sahebganj and Jamshedpur,” said Mahto. The TMC was washed out from these four districts in panchayat polls, following which its cadres unleashed a reign of terror against BJP workers and elected representatives, he added. 

Reacting strongly to the harassment of BJP workers, Rajya Sabha MP Mahesh Poddar said that it was perhaps the only instance outside Kashmir of elected representatives leaving their state for political reasons. State BJP General Secretary Deepak Prakash said more than 800 panchayat representatives had taken refuge in Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Bokaro, Dhanbad, and Sahebganj districts of Jharkhand.

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  • Laser Jhamjetpur

    What the HM is doing after knowing the fate of the elected representatives fleeing to the adjoining district of Jharkhand??? No protection to the elected representatives !!! What answer the West Bengal CM is going to give ????
    1 year ago reply
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