BJP workers go on rampage during thana gherao agitation
Kolkata: BJP supporters attacked policemen and damaged their vehicles in various areas across the state during the "thana gherao" agitation called by the party.
The party supporters also gheraoed two senior Trinamool Congress leaders. TMC has lodged a formal complaint against the BJP workers involved in the incidents.
BJP supporters damaged the vehicle of TMC's Cooch Bihar district president and former state Forest minister Benoy Krishna Barman on Monday morning. The supporters also gheraoed the vehicle of Subrata Bakshi, Trinamool Congress state president in Cooch Bihar. In both the incidents, complaints have been lodged against the BJP supporters.
Barman, who was on his way to the party office at Mathabhanga from Jatabari to attend a meeting, was attacked. Near Sitai intersection, some BJP supporters blocked the road and stopped the vehicle and hurled stones at the vehicle smashing the windscreen. Barman who was inside the vehicle, however, escaped unhurt.
In another incident, BJP supporters gheraoed the car of Subrata Bakshi who was on his way to attend a party meeting at Mathabhanga. The agitators shouted "Go Back" slogans and forced Bakshi to leave the area. Later, he said he left the area as he did not want any trouble.
Meanwhile, a scuffle took place between BJP supporters and the police in different areas across the state. In Asansol, BJP supporters broke the barricade near the office of the Police Commission and heckled the policemen on duty. Scuffles took place in Basirhat, Bankura and Purulia too. Police vehicles were damaged and stones were hurled at the cops during the "thana gherao" agitation. BJP workers broke the barricades and tried to enter the police stations as well. The workers alleged that the police have lost people's support.
The Trinamool Congress leaders involved in corruption will be gunned down in encounters like in Uttar Pradesh, said Raju Bandopadhyay, the BJP state secretary, on Monday.
He was participating in a "thana gherao" programme in Bankura. His voice was echoed by his party colleague Sayantan Basu in Basirhat, North 24-Parganas who also took part in a similar rally.
Reacting sharply to this, state minister for Urban Development and Municipal Affairs Firhad Hakim said: "This is the culture of BJP. The mastermind behind encounters is sitting in Delhi as the Union Home minister. People should see whom they have voted for. This is not Bengal's political culture. BJP is spreading violence and disturbing peace in the name of organising a movement," he said.