Kolkata, Jan 6 (IBNS) Hours after a senior Communist Party of India (Marxist) was attacked by a group led allegedly by Trinamool Congress leader Arabul Islam, the ruling party in West Bengal on Sunday denied that the assault was planned by them and instead called it a minor scuffle that was invited by the Left leader himself by extreme provocation.
"It was a minor scuffle that occurred when may be some people [TMC] tried to prevent him from going to a Trinamool Congress rally in protest against an attack on our office and torching of images of our leader Mamata Banerjee the previous day," claimed West Bengal Urban Development Minister and Trinamool leader Firhad Hakim.
He also ruled out arresting Arabul Islam for such a minor scuffle and claimed that Mollah has got himself admitted in a private hospital to enjoy some rest in a beautiful room.
Former CPI-M minister and party MLA Abdur Rezzak Mollah was attacked and injured on Sunday morning by a group allegedly led by Arabul Islam at Bhangore in South 24 Parganas district near here.
Rezzak, who was attacked shortly after noon, was taken to a hospital on the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass, where he is undergoing treatment. He was hit on the eye, lips, stomach and abdomen, reports said.
"CPI-M had burnt down our office the previous night and they had set their own office in fire to blame us," claimed Hakim.
"Mollah went to the spot at the Trinamool rally to create tension and because of his offensive words it led to a scuffle. It is a CPI-M ploy," he said.
Hakim said Trinamool Congress under Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is all for peace and democratic political fight and cited the examples of peace in the Darjeeling hills and Maoist-affected Jungalmahal regions of West Bengal.
"CPI-M is constantly provoking us," he said.
Mollah on the other hand alleged that he was roughed up by Arabul Islam himself among others. Arabul Islam is a former Trinamool MLA who earned notoriety for various "unlawful" incidents in the past.
Rezzak Mollah, known for his outspokenness even in criticising his own party leadership, was on way to a party office which was torched by allegedly Trinamool Congress supporters the previous day.
Some TV footage also caught Arabul Islam on camera in a pink shirt, the channels beaming the news claimed.
The vehicle of Rezzak Mollah was damaged and glasses smashed.
"He was pinned to the ground and beaten up with staves and kicks. He is an elderly man and a septuagenarian and one of the attackers was Arabul himself," claimed leader of Opposition in West Bengal Assembly Surya Kanta Mishra.
CPI-M has demanded that Arabul Islam, who was in news in the past for all the wrong reasons, including one of throwing a jug at a lady teacher of a college, should be arrested within 48 hours.
Arabul Islam was also reportedly one of the leaders who organized at Bhangore a "vulgar dance show" by skimpily clad girls on the foundation day of Trinamool Congress where an old man was seen showering currency notes on the girls in a public function in South 24 Parganas.
Political clashes are frequent in West Bengal ahead of any election. The state is going to a crucial Panchayat polls this year.