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Yet another Bengal woman claims she was stripped & hit

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KOLKATA: After a recent incident of postpoll violence in Coochbehar blamed on the ruling Trinamool Congress, another BJP female worker was allegedly stripped and attacked with a sharp weapon at Jagatdal in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district on Wednesday.

The woman, who has been hospitalised with head injury, told mediapersons that she was attacked by Trinamool workers when she had gone to fetch water. She accused the Trinamool of creating trouble in the area and threatening BJP workers after the June 4 election results.

Somnath Shyam, a Trinamool leader from Barrackpore, said the incident was not political. “It happened in the ESI slum area. The problem started over water and trouble erupted among Muslim women. It is not related to any political parties: Trinamool, BJP or CPIM,” Shyam said.

Recently, a woman from the minority community was allegedly stripped and beaten brutally in Coochbehar’s Mathabhanga area for having allegiance to the BJP.

Following this, the National Commission of Women had visited Coochbehar and met the woman. Bengal governor CV Ananda Bose too had met her and the state police have taken her statement. Meanwhile, another accused was arrested in connection with flogging a couple in a kangaroo court at Chopra in North Dinajpur district.