Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) vice president of Bengal chapter, Jay Prakash Majumdar was kicked and thrashed by alleged Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers.
Jay Prakash Majumdar is also BJP's candidate for the Karimpur assembly by-poll was on thrashed, kicked and thrown into a ditch allegedly by a group of Trinamool Congress activists during the polling on Monday, November 25.
In a video shared by news agency Asian News International (ANI), TMC activists can be seen dragging Jay Prakash Majumdar and then kicking him off the road after he came out of his car.
The incident took place when voting for the Karimpur assembly by-election was on and Majumdar was trying to enter a polling booth.
"I was beaten and kicked and slogans were being shouted against me. Even the local police did not take any action," said Jay Prakash Majumdar.
"When I reached Booth 49 in the morning and dropped two of my agents, within few minutes they were abducted by some TMC workers. Ramnagar village is on the side and TMC goon Raju Mallick started threatening villagers. We have informed the police to arrest Raju Mallick immediately and also told the Election Commission about the incident,"
Majumdar further added: "We have requested the police to look for our missing agents. Our sources tell us the two agents have been detained at the residence of the TMC leader. Their cell phones are unreachable and we are very worried."
"BJP has no place here in Karimpur. After the election gets over, BJP will not have any place. People are not voting BJP and people have turned their back on BJP. Voting is going on peacefully but Jay Prakash Majumdar was trying to break the harmony. We will not let that happen," said Manisuraman Mondal, A local TMC supporter.
Nadia district unit of Trinamool Congress denied the allegations as "baseless", saying locals had attacked the BJP leader as they were angry with him for "vitiating" the atmosphere in the area.
The Election Commission has sought reports about the incident. Polls are underway in Kharagpur Sadar and Kaliaganj Assembly seats besides Karimpur.