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Police did not hit Arjun, did a great job controlling violence on Sunday: Gyanwant Singh

Kolkata: BJP MP Arjun Singh has been held responsible on Monday by Additional Director General (ADG), Law and Order (L&O) Gyanwant Singh, for the violence on Sunday.

Gyanwant stated that Commissioner of Police (CP), Barrackpore, Manoj Kumar Verma and his force had acted patiently. Police have initiated a case against Arjun and his son and Bhatpara MLA Pawan Singh for allegedly attacking police, trying to snatch arms from them, rioting and other illegal activities.

On Sunday, BJP had called for a 12-hour strike on Monday protesting against the alleged high-handedness by police. To make the strike a success, BJP workers allegedly resorted to hooliganism.

Since early morning, BJP workers put up a blockade on the railway track at Kankinara railway station at around 6:05 am. As a result, train services were disrupted on the Sealdah-Ranaghat section. Later, Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Government Railway Police (GRP) intervened and compelled the BJP workers to withdraw the blockade at 6:37 am. Due to the blockade, eight Up and six Down locals along with three Mail-Express trains, including Darjeeling Mail, ran late.

Apart from blocking the railway track, BJP workers also went to the markets and threatened the shop owners to down shutters immediately. Some shop owners were allegedly beaten up by BJP workers as well, for keeping their shops open.

They also forced passengers to deboard the public transports across the Barrackpore-Bhatpara-Jagaddal area. At around 10:30 am, BJP workers put up a road blockade which obstructed vehicular movement on B T Road.

Seeing this, some Trinamool Congress supporters tried to resist the BJP workers. As a result, a clash took place at Nonachandanpukur area. Police soon rushed to the spot and tried to control the situation but were again attacked by the BJP workers. While trying to neutralise the violence, Inspector in Charge (IC) of Titagarh police station Subhrajit Majumdar got injured. When Deputy Commissioner, Zone I of Barrackpore City Police Ajay Thakur went to the spot, he was also assaulted.

In the afternoon, Gyanwant met with the press at Nabanna and stated that Verma and his men had done a great job handling the situation on Sunday. He also alleged that the crowd was led by Arjun himself. "Despite extreme levels of provocation, police remained patient and acted accordingly. The CP was attacked. Since last two months there had been no problem in that area. On Sunday, trouble cropped up in and around Mazdur Bhavan, where Arjun stays. I consider the incident as some people trying to create disturbance," the ADG said.

He added: "Police did not hit the MP on his head. When police charge, they do not strike on the head but on the body. Arjun received injuries either by the stones which were pelted by his own men or he might have fallen down."

It may be mentioned that Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar went to visit the injured BJP MP on Monday.

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