BJP convoy stopped from taking bodies of deceased workers to Kolkata
Kolkata: A BJP delegation team was obstructed by the police while they were taking the bodies of two BJP workers to Kolkata on Sunday, anticipating a deterioration of the law and order situation.
Sources informed that the BJP leaders were arrogant, disobeyed the orders by the police and tried to reach Kolkata. But their attempts were foiled and BJP leaders had to back off after the police refused relent on their stand.
On Sunday, the BJP delegation team comprising BJP state president Dilip Ghosh, BJP leader Rahul Sinha, MP Locket Chatterjee, Shantanu Thakur and others, went to Sandeshkhali. There they interacted with the family members of the deceased and missing BJP workers. In the afternoon, BJP leadership decided to take the bodies of their workers to the BJP state office in Kolkata.
On the way, police obstructed the convoy and informed BJP leadership that the bodies cannot be taken to Kolkata as it may cause the law and order situation to deteriorate. BJP leaders and workers subsequently got involved in altercation multiple times with senior police officials.
While the altercation was going on at Malancha crossing, two hearses carrying the bodies of the deceased BJP workers and the car of Ghosh bypassed the police barricade and went on along the Basanti Highway towards Kolkata. After a few kilometers the convoy was intercepted again, but the results were the same.
Later, in front of the Minakhan police station, police blocked the Basanti Highway with their prison vans and buses to stop the convoy from going to Kolkata. Senior police officials at the spot clearly instructed the BJP leaders to back off and cremate the bodies at Sandeshkhali.
Though BJP leadership was stubborn to go to Kolkata with the bodies, they had to back off as police administration refused move from their stand. The BJP leaders were also assured by the police that no further problem will occur in Sandeshkhali during the cremation of the two bodies. Following that, the BJP leaders and workers went back to Sandeshkhali. Meanwhile, BJP workers across Kolkata put up road blockades, creating nuisance and harassment for commuters on Sunday afternoon. At Hazra Crossing, BJP leaders and workers tried to put up a road blockade but due to prompt action by the police, no major problem occurred.
Following the day-long drama, BJP leadership has decided to call for a 12 hour strike at Bashirhat on Monday. Protests will be also be done across the state on the issue of the Sandeshkhali incident. BJP leaders also announced that a rally to Lalbazar will be organised to protest the violence across the state on Wednesday, where 18 MPs from the state will be present.