A governing TMC MLA in West Bengal filed a police complaint stating that he was assaulted by “goons” connected to a toll plaza administered by a central agency in Murshidabad district for protesting vehicle overcharging. Local MLA Monirul Islam was not harmed, according to officials at the Farakka toll plaza, who stated that commoners protested after he refused to pay toll tax and his associates caused a ruckus.
“I have been hearing complaints of overcharging by the toll plaza located near the West Bengal-Jharkhand inter-state border. When I went there to check for myself, some goons associated with the toll plaza management reached the spot and charged towards my vehicle during an argument, and brickbats were hurled at us. However, I was not physically harmed as the police and locals escorted me out,” he told reporters.
The toll plaza management, on the other hand, said that the legislator’s actions had enraged the people, who had objected and forced him to leave the area.
“He refused to pay his vehicle’s toll fee, and his companions made a ruckus,” they added, adding that the MLA was not attacked.
According to a police officer from Farakka police station, the ruckus began when Mr. Islam arrived with a group of about ten people, and brickbats were thrown as a result. He added that Mr. Islam was led out of the area and that the situation was now under control.