BJP candidate Santanu Thakur injured in car accident
Kolkata: BJP candidate from Bongaon constituency Santanu Thakur was injured when the car he was travelling in collided head-on with another car on Bongaon-Hanskhali Road on Saturday morning. Two others, including the driver, have also sustained some injuries.
BJP leaders from North 24-Parganas put up a roadblock on Bongaon-Hanskhali Road on Saturday afternoon resulting in traffic congestion in the area. The roadblock was later lifted following the intervention of senior police officers.
The incident occurred at around 12.30 pm near Hashpur More under Gaighata police station. The car that hit Thakur's vehicle had a 'police' sticker on its windscreen. The frontal portions of both the vehicles were damaged due to the accident. Following the incident, BJP workers went on a rampage ransacking the police vehicle. The incident sparked off tension among the locals. The BJP workers sat on the road and shouted slogans.
Thakur, along with two others, was immediately rushed to Bongaon Sub-divisional hospital where they have been undergoing treatment. Thakur has received head injuries in the accident. According to hospital sources, all the injured victims are stated to be in a stable condition. CT scan was performed on Thakur immediately after he was admitted to the hospital. The Election Commission has sought a detailed report on the incident from the District Magistrate of the North 24-Parganas who happened to be the Chief Election Officer of the district.
The BJP leaders from the district alleged that it was a deliberate attempt to cause harm to Thakur who had been going to Kalyani to join his election rally. BJP alleged that TMC leaders might have hatched a plan and demanded a thorough inquiry. The district TMC leaders, however, rubbished the allegation saying that BJP was trying to politicise the whole incident after they lost the political foothold in the area.
Trinamool Congress district president Jyotipriya Mallick termed it as 'an orchestrated incident' and an attempt to win the sympathy of the people ahead of the fifth phase of elections when Bongaon goes to poll.
"The car in which Thakur was travelling bears a registration of Uttar Pradesh. Five RSS people were travelling in the car. There was around Rs 25 lakh cash in the car. The BJP candidate from Bongaon was going to distribute the money among the people. The accident occurred when they were trying to flee after being chased by the locals," Mallick told the reporters during a press conference in the district.
Mallick also clarified that the other vehicle involved in the accident was not a police vehicle but was being used by the Central Forces.
An FIR has been lodged against those who attacked the police who went to the spot following the incident.