Trinamool Congress leaders and workers on Wednesday staged demonstrations, took out rallies in various parts of the state to protest the arrest of their party MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay.
The protesters sat on the roads and put up blocks on various stretches in the city. Trinamool Congress workers also staged demonstration in front of Union minister Babul Supriyo’s house in the city demanding his arrest for his alleged involvement in the Rose Valley chit fund scam. Train services in various parts were also affected due to the protest movements.
Trinamool Congress supporters in large numbers gathered outside the CGO complex that houses the office of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) alleging that the central agency has become a tool in the hands of the Central government which is using it in political interest. A huge contingent of police force was deployed at the CGO complex to prevent any untoward incidents. Taking preventive measures the Bidhannagar Police closed the main gate of the building.
State co-operation minister Arup Roy took out a huge rally in Howrah with the Councillors and the party supporters to protest against the “unlawful” arrest of their party MP. Trinamool Congress workers also burnt the effigy of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The party supports and leaders put up block at Sonakunia on State highway number 116 in West Midnapore on Wednesday. Traffic movement was partially affected following the demonstration.
Three Trinamool Congress leaders including a gram panchayat upapradhan were injured when some BJP activists attacked a rally taken out by the TMC to protest the arrest of Bandyopadhyay.
The incident occurred at Jortala of Jalangi in Murshidabad on Wednesday morning. All the injured persons were taken to Murshidabad Medical College and Hospital.
Two of the injured were released from the hospital after primary treatment while one person is still undergoing treatment at the hospital as he received serious injuries on his head.
Train services in different sections of Howrah division were affected due to obstructions at different stations for sometimes. Train movements were obstructed at Singur station of Seoraphuli – Tarakeswar section at different phases between 10 am and 12.40 pm.
Train services were affected at Dankuni station between 11 am to 11.20 am and between Bandel and Bansberia stations of Katwa section for few minutes.
In the evening, train movements were again obstructed at Rishra station from 5.40 pm to 6.19 pm. Train services were also affected at Serampore station in Howrah-Bandel section from 5.15 pm to 6.05 pm.
Even Guv was kept in the dark on CRPF deployment: Partha
Even Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi was in dark in connection with deployment of CRPF jawans near BJP’s state headquarters on Murlidhar Sen Lane, said the state Parliamentary Affairs minister Partha Chatterjee.
While addressing a press conference in Nabanna, Chatterjee said: “We asked the Governor whether he was aware of the deployment of CRPF jawans. He said that he had no such information.”
A delegation comprising senior ministers including Chatterjee, Panchayat minister Subrata Mukherjee, state fire Minister Sovan Chatterjee, state Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari and state power minister Sobhandeb Chatterjee met the Governor on Wednesday morning.
During the meeting, they explained how an attempt is being made to create a situation that has led to deterioration of law and order situation.
They also raised questions on the repeated incidents that had established how attempts were being made to disturb the federal structure of the country.
It may be mentioned that earlier on two occasions Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had raised her voice against quite similar incidents in which jawans of Indian Army and Central Forces were sent to assist Income Tax officials without giving any information to the state government. Again on Tuesday night, a similar incident took place when CRPF jawans were pressed outside BJP office to “control the situation”.
Later, Stating that CPI(M) and BJP have joined hands to restrict the development of Bengal, Chatterjee said: “We used refer the goons of CPI(M) as harmads. Now, BJP’s jallads have joined hands with the harmads to bring the state to a standstill.”
Taking a dig at BJP’s all India secretary, Kailash Vijayvargiya, who is in-charge of Bengal, Chatterjee said: “I would like to raise a question that why the post of Mayor was gone?” Chatterjee also raised the issue of alleged involvement of senior BJP leader Siddarth Nath Singh in Panama case.
“They are raising question on the stability of our government. But I would like to suggest them to help Prime Minister Narendra Modi first to avoid his resignation.” Chatterjee said adding that the Centre is destroying democracy using their power, but TMC will fight against it by walking on the path of democracy.
Chatterjee, who was scheduled to go to London, cancelled his trip with the arrest of Sudip Bandyopadhyay. Chatterjee and Subrata Bakshi would go to meet Bandyopadhyay in Bhubaneswar on Sunday. If everything goes as plan, they would go there along with three other senior TMC leaders.
Sources said that the CBI had not asked any questions to Sudip Bandyopadhyay before arresting him. Reports on questions thrown before Banerjee by the investigating officers are baseless.
Deployment OF CRPF: BENGAL Govt to write to Centre
The Bengal government will write a letter to the Union Home Ministry protesting against deployment of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans outside BJP party office when law and order is a state subject, sources said.
It was stated that the CRPF jawans who were found at the spot were basically on-duty for security of the All India secretary of BJP Rahul Sinha.
However, the state government raised a question that maximum three CRPF jawans are deployed for security of Sinha, but there were many more number of jawans.
Whenever a jawan is pressed for law and order duty as it has taken place in Jangalmahal they carry Command Certificate but to perform duty for security of a person then they carry Private Protection (PP) certificate.
The question will be raised in the letter that how more than three jawans got deployed with PP certificate if they had really come to control the situation.