Mother’s shift to Trinamool proves dear for three-year Mrinal Mondal

BJP blamed for baby’s bullet-injury
Report by: 
SAGAR RAJAK SOUMYA DE SARKAR
MANIKCHAK
30 Aug 2018

A three-year old baby boy paid dearly for his mother’s change of camps during formation of panchayat boards. Miscreants shot at Mrinal Mondal, (3), after his mother Putul Mondal, who was elected to Manikchak gram panchayet (GP) from Ramnagar for BJP, supported Trinamool Congress while the board was being formed today. The seriously injured baby was referred to Kolkata from Malda medical college and hospital (MMCH) where he was brought for treatment initially.
It has been learnt from sources that out of 18 seats in Manikchak GP, BJP won 10 seats while Trinamool had nine. With support from BJP’s Putul Mondal Trinamool got an equal number with BJP. Although BJP finally formed the board through lottery, aggrieved BJP workers allegedly branded Mondal as a traitor and attacked her house.
Although the first attack soon after the board formation was thwarted by Mondal’s neighbour, the miscreants rammed into her house again around 4 pm. While pillaging the house the miscreants allegedly resorted to firing rampantly. While Putul and her husband Parimal Mondal escaped, the baby could not escape the fury of the goons.
Mrinal was shot at his forehead. The baby was rescued by locals and rushed to Manikchak rural hospital. Dr Arijit Mukherjee, who attended upon the baby, said, “The condition of the baby was grave and he was immediately referred to MMCH.” Later, the baby was sent for better treatment to Kolkata from MMCH.
Dulal Sarkar, officiating district Trinamool president said, “It was a barbaric attack by BJP led goons. They are so inhuman that even a three-year old baby was not spared. This is the real face of BJP as the chief minister Mamata Banerjee has rightly identified.”
Sarkar demanded that the miscreants were instigated by local redoubtable leaders of BJP. He demanded exemplary punishment of the goons. District BJP president Sanjit Mishra, however, refuted that his party workers were involved in the attack. “Trinamool purchased one of our elected panchayet members. The decision divided the ruling party and they indulged in a factional strife. We guess that the innocent baby was victim of the internal clash of Trinamool,” Mishra said.
Arnab Ghosh, SP, Malda said that a team of police led by deputy superintendent of police (headquarters) Bipul Majumdar went to Ramnagar village to take stock of the situation. “They have spoken to locals. A probe has been initiated. Miscreants would be identified and arrested,” Ghosh said.