Some unidentified youths hurled bombs outside the house of former deputy Speaker of the Bengal Assembly Kripa Sindhu Saha late Sunday night for protesting against fishing in a pond situated just opposite his house at Chinsurah in Hooghly. No one was reported to be injured in the incident.
Police said that an investigation has been initiated in this connection and investigating officers had visited his house off Netaji Subhas Road at Chinsurah.
Saha, who was the deputy speaker from May 7, 2002 to May 12, 2006, said that some youth in his locality had previously made a few attempts at catching fish from the pond nearby his house. He had had been keeping a watch for a while and had objected to it. On Sunday, Saha caught the youth red-handed and condemned their actions. He then told the youth to leave the fish that they had caught from the pond and return home.
Saha said that because of this incident, the youth must have harboured a grudge against him and retaliated by hurling bombs outside the main entrance of his house.
“This is the first time that such an incident has happened with me. I have been in politics for a long time but never was my house attacked,” he said, adding that the bombs could have easily landed inside house and hurt someone. He requested the administration to take steps to check such incidents.
Local Trinamool Congress MLA Asit Majumder, along with the Chairman of Hooghly-Chinsura Municipality Gourikanta Mukhopadhyay, went to Saha’s house and assured him all support.
Majumder later told reporters that he urged Saha to lodge a complaint regarding the incident and the law would take its own course. A police officer said that they would prepare a list with names of the suspected persons involved in the incident after speaking to Saha. Security outside Saha’s residence has been strengthened.
Sources said that police have picked up some people and questioned them in connection with the incident.