A woman was tied by her knees with ropes and was dragged over a country road in West Bengal by a group of men led by a ruling Trinamool Congress panchayat leader on Sunday, reported NDTV.
When the victim’s sister protested, she too was shoved to the ground and was allegedly dragged by her arms and abused, the report added.
Smritikona Das and sister Soma Das had objected to their land being forcefully taken by Trinamool-run panchayat for constructing a road. The sisters were initially told that the road being built in front of their house will be 12 feet wide to which they agreed. But afterwards the Panchayat decided to widen the road to 24 feet, the women then objected, according to NDTV.
After the incident raised a furore, the Trinamool district chief Arpita Ghosh ordered the suspension of panchayat leader Amal Sarkar from his office. However, there had been no arrest in the case, till late evening on Sunday.
According to the report by NDTV, the women first objected on Friday when the construction of the road began Fata Nagar village in the Gangarampur police station area of South Dinajpur district, around 400 km from Kolkata.
Smritikona Das one of the victims, on Sunday, filed a police complaint naming the gram panchayat vice chief Amal Sarkar who had directed the attack.
The Das sisters were taken to hospital for first aid. They live with their mother in Fata Nagar. The mother too was reportedly pushed around when she rushed to try and save her daughters.