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Man charged with Mamata murder bid acquitted after 29 years

Lalu Alam, a former CPI-M youth leader, was acquitted by a court here on Thursday in a case of attempting to murder West Bengal Chief Minister, who then stated youth Congress chief, Mamata Banerjee 29 years ago after the state government requested that the matter be closed.

Banerjee had sustained severe head injuries after being hit multiple times on August 16, 1990, while leading a Congress rally at Hazra crossing in South Kolkata in support of a bandh called by her party.

It was alleged Alam hit Banerjee repeatedly with a stick, leaving her with a fractured skull. Banerjee had to be hospitalized and the incident created a political storm that put the state”s then CPI-M-led Left Front government on the backfoot.

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