Couple accused of 'illicit relationship' assaulted in public by man, said to be TMC leader in Bengal

The man who was seen in the video beating up the two with a bamboo stick was allegedly a local TMC leader of Chopra in Uttar Dinajpur district .
A couple in Chopra, Uttar Dinajpur district of West Bengal, allegedly attacked with bamboo sticks by a man identified as a TMC leader.
A couple in Chopra, Uttar Dinajpur district of West Bengal, allegedly attacked with bamboo sticks by a man identified as a TMC leader.Screengarb -X

RAIGANJ: The West Bengal Police on Sunday registered a case after a video clip of a brutal assault on a couple allegedly engaged in an illicit relationship went viral.

The man who was seen in the video beating up the two with a bamboo stick was allegedly a local TMC leader of Chopra in Uttar Dinajpur district where the incident occurred following a decision of a 'salishi sabha' (Kangaroo court).

PTI could not independently verify the authenticity of the video which triggered widespread outrage.

Islampur Police Superintendent Joby Thomas K said the police have watched the video clip on social media and have registered a case after verification.

"We have initiated raids to arrest the culprit and will investigate the reason behind the act promptly," he said.

The video clip shows the man beating up the woman who grimaced in pain.

The accused also thrashed a man with the stick.

The opposition BJP and CPI(M) accused the TMC of being involved in the incident and termed it "bulldozer justice" under the rule of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

"This is the ugly face of Mamata Banerjee's rule in West Bengal.The guy in the video, who is beating up a woman mercilessly...is famous for giving quick justice through his 'insaf' sabha and is a close associate of Chopra MLA Hamidur Rahaman," BJP IT Cell head Amit Malviya said in a post on X.

He claimed that there is a Sandeshkhali in every village of West Bengal and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is a "curse for women".

"There is no semblance of law and order in Bengal. Will Mamata Banerjee act against this monster or defend him like she stood up for Sheikh Shahjahan?" Malviya said in the post.

Shahjahan is an arrested TMC functionary of Sandeshkhali in North 24 Parganas district, where allegations of sexual abuse and land grab have been levelled against Trinamool Congress leaders.

Attacking the Mamata Banerjee government, CPI(M) state secretary Md Salim said in a post on X: "Not even #KangarooCourt! Summary trial and punishment handed out by d ?@AITCofficial? goon...Literally bulldozer justice at Chopra under ?@MamataOfficial? rule."

Local TMC MLA Hamidur Rahman, however, denied he has anyconnection with the accused and distanced himself from the incident.He said it was a village matter and not related to the party.

TMC district president Kaniyalal Agarwal attributed the incident to the couple's alleged illicit relationship, which "did not go down well with the villagers".

He said that the party would investigate the episode.

TMC spokesperson Shantanu Sen condemned the incident but also pointed out that such kangaroo courts were common during the Left Front regime too.

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