CPI(M) workers attacked the state power minister, Sobhandeb Chatterjee, at a stone's throw distance from the venue of the Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS) when he was travelling in his car. The CPI(M) supporters were protesting against the setting up of power grid sub-station in Bhangar.
Condemning the incident Chatterjee said: "These are expressions of bankrupt politics."
Chatterjee was in the BGBS when he received a phone call from his home. He left for his home in his car soon after getting the urgent call. He found the CPI(M) workers approaching his vehicle. They gheraoed the vehicle and started banging on the bonnet. They also banged on the windscreen. Police rushed to the spot and dispersed the mob to let the car of Chattopadhyay go.
Meanwhile, the Opposition parties are leaving no stones unturned to gain political mileage out of the Bhangar incident when the state government has become successful in restoring peace in the area where local people were "instigated" to protest against setting up of a power grid substation.
On Tuesday, two persons were shot dead during an agitation over setting up of the power grid sub-station at Bhangar in South 24-Parganas. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had given direction to the police to flush out the outsiders from the villages by not causing any harassment to the residents of the people.
In such a situation, a delegation of SFI leaders visited the area and Congress leaders are scheduled to go to Bhangar on Saturday to hold a rally for peace.
According to political analysts, the visits are meant just to gain political mileage. The situation in Bhagar is gradually improving and visits of political leaders may affect the process of restoring peace in the area.
It is learnt that a delegation of Congress leaders including Pradesh Congress president Adhir Chowdhury and Leader of the Opposition Abdul Mannan will visit Bhangar on Saturday.