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.