Miscreants attacked Bengal Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Firoze Kamal Gazi alias Babu Master’s car with a crude bomb on 13 February. The attack happened while Gazi was on his way to Kolkata.
Gazi is a local strongman from Basirhat in District North 24 Pargana. He had recently joined the BJP. He has been an influential Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader in the area before joining the BJP. He was attacked on Basanti highway under the Minakha police station.
Following the attack, his companions took him to a private hospital in Kolkata.
The BJP has alleged that the attack was a handiwork of the TMC.
Bengal BJP leader Suvendhu Adhikari, another TMC heavyweight who had joined BJP recently, visited Gazi at the hospital. In a tweet, he said, “Earlier this evening, visited my friend Babu Master in the hospital. He was mercilessly attacked by criminal elements from the Trinamool Congress. I am sure you have already seen the pictures from the dastardly attack. Stay strong. This only reflects the desperation of the TMC.”
Following Adhikari’s resignation, 34 other leaders, including five MLAs and an MP, switched over to the BJP. Not only the TMC but also communists and Indian National Congress (INC) leaders have joined the resurgent BJP recently. 15 MLAs and an MP of the TMC, three MLAs from communist parties and three INC legislators have joined the BJP.
“In West Bengal, political violence has become synonymous with TMC. BJP leader Shri Firoz Kamal Gaji (Babu Master) was attacked by TMC goons this evening. But Mamata Banerjee, who is also the home minister of Bengal, will maintain radio silence on this, like every other incidence,” Amit Malviya tweeted.
At the time of the drafting of this report, there was no information on who was behind the attack and what their motive was.
Election-bound West Bengal has been witnessing an increase in armed conflicts and political violence in the state.