Kolkata: The arrest of Trinamool MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay has caused widespread violence in Kolkata and other parts of the state. West Bengal chief minister Mamta Banerjee has accused the Narendra Modi government of resorting to vendetta against the Trinamool Congress and its leaders for raising voice against demonetization.
Reports suggest that the BJP offices were attacked by Trinamool Congress activists in Kolkata. Reports also suggest that the government has deployed Central Reserve Police Force personnel in large number outside the BJP state headquarters
In the meantime Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National Secretary Rahul Sinha said the presence of the troopers, who provide security to him, was bolstered after his party’s state headquarters was attacked by the Trinamool activists.
Sinha reportedly told the media, “The Chief Minister has instigated the agitation with her comments after the Trinamool MP’s arrest. In this situation, we do not feel secure under the surveillance of state police…I get CRPF protection. For my security, more CRPF personnel have been deputed in view of the ongoing violence…Our workers, who got injured in the initial attack, have still not been shifted to the hospital. Trinamool is trying to terrorise us, but their tactics would not work”.
Meanwhile Rapid Action Force personnel were also deployed to control the situation, city police said. As the news of the MP’s arrest spread, hundreds of Trinamool activists took to the streets. Traffic had to be diverted from the Central Avenue in the heart of the city, close to the BJP headquarters in Muralidhar Sen Lane, due to the resultant chaos, police said. The Trinamool supporters shouted slogans and blocked the entrances to the BJP office. A few BJP workers bled from the head as they spoke to the media.
In the midst of the melee some cars parked in the alley leading to the office were vandalised and stones pelted at the building. The situation became worse in the evening as thousands of Trinamool supporters broke police barricades and jostled with police personnel posted in front of the BJP office. Police said no one had been arrested yet in connection with the violence. The BJP workers present in the office during the alleged attack said the assault was “pre-planned and unprovoked”.
The attack on the BJP officials was criticized by the state BJP President Dilip Ghosh strongly condemned the attack. “This attack was expected. The Trinamool Congress has become scared after the arrest of their Lok Sabha leader and is resorting to violence. This shows who is doing ‘vendetta politics’ in the country,” Ghosh said. BJP MP Roopa Ganguly accused the city police of not taking action against the Trinamool supporters involved in the violence. “Police could have easily arrested the people who were hurling bricks at our party office. But no action was taken as they were related to the ruling party,” Ganguly said.