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BJP men attack Thowra Cong candidate Sushanta Borgohain during campaign

DEMOW: Former MLA and Congress candidate from Thowra constituency Sushanta Borgohain sustained minor injuries when he was attacked by a gang of about a dozen BJP workers near here today.

Borgohain was attacked when he was campaigning for the Assam assembly elections at Khorahat Rajan Gaon near Rajmai Tea Estate. His vehicle was also damaged in the attack.

He has lodged a complaint with Demow police station. He was administered first aid at Demow Civil Hospital.

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Borgohain’s personal security officer was also injured in the scuffle.

Talking to newspersons, Borgohain said: “I was there for an election meeting with due permission of the Election Commission of India. As the meeting was going on, some persons rushed in chanting BJP Zindabad, Congress Murdabad and started abusing us. Since we wanted to avoid a confrontation, I just told them to carry on their canvassing and let us do ours. And, as I proceeded to leave the place, they tried to attack me with sticks and sharp-edged weapons. My PSO’s intervention saved me. The PSO was injured in the process.”

“This is not the first time. They have been trying to attack us wherever we go especially after dusk. They follow us everywhere. This is not fair. Our party was also in power for 15 years. Such incident never happened. I’ve filed an FIR today and we will take the matter up at the highest level,” he added.

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Borgohain was earlier too waylaid by BJP workers in the constituency few days ago. Borgohain as well as other Congress workers have been under attack of the BJP workers ever since elections were announced. A Congress worker is stated to have even sufferred a fractured arm during such an attack few days ago.

Borgohain enjoys an edge over BJP’s incumbent MLA Kushal Dowari ahead of the polls scheduled for March 27.

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