West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Thursday said its workers did not attack or chop off the ear of a panchayat employee in the state's Murshidabad district as he failed to report for work on the first day of the nationwide strike called by several trade unions.
TMC MP Derek O'Brien tweeted: "On Feb 21 a pradhan in a Bengal village did not come to office. Upset at work not being done, locals roughed him up. Nothing to do with TMC."
He said 'nobody's ear' was chopped off and called the incident a 'rumour'.
"In this age of 24/7 media, rumours go wild. Nobody's ear was cut, no TMC workers attacked anybody. Can our rivals desist from dirty tricks?" Derek said.
According to reports, a panchayat employee's ear was allegedly chopped off by TMC workers in Murshidabad on Thursday as he failed to report for work on Wednesday.
The victim was identified as Hazrat Omar. The incident happened after he reported for duty on Thursday.
TMC workers shouted slogans as they went to the panchayat office in Debipur village of the district.
TMC workers allegedly attacked Hazrat when he failed to satisfy them with his explanation of failing to report for work on the first day of the national strike.
No formal police complaint has been lodged so far.
The victim has been admitted to a local hospital.
Mamata Banerjee had earlier warned all government employees that they will not be paid if they joined the strike.
The two-day nationwide strike called by several trade unions to protest anti-worker policies, labour law violations, inflation and fuel price hike of the government entered its second day on Thursday.