Trinamool Congress (AITC) workers allegedly attacked three Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers near the Shyamnagar Power House Corner of Jagaddal police station area in District North 24 Parganas of West Bengal in the night of 24 February. The BJP workers were putting up party flags and banners on the two sides of the streets ahead of the rath yatra scheduled for today.
A person was seriously injured in the attack and taken to the Bhatpara State General Hospital.
The AITC workers allegedly assaulted Ram Avatar Prasad, Ajay Bhagat and Ganesh Sahu — all cadre of the BJP — at the Power House More ahead of the Parivartan Yatra in the Jagatdal.
Ram Avatar Prasad, who was seriously injured in the incident, alleged that “Trinamool goons” were behind the attack.
Prasad is a teacher by profession. He said. “We were sitting there when suddenly few anti-socials came and attacked me. We were putting the flags ahead of Parivartan Yatra. We couldn’t recognise them but we think they are from the Trinamool.”
Police in Jagatdal have initiated an investigation into the matter.
Meanwhile, West Bengal BJP vice-president Arjun Singh said Barrackpore City Police had cancelled the permission for Thursday’s yatra on the Ghosh Para Road from Kanchrapara to Barrackpore under instructions from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
“The yatra is postponed. We will move to court and resume the yatra,” news agency quoted him saying.
The situation remained tense in Kanchrapara of District North 24 Parganas on 24 February after police in Bijpur stopped Nadda’s rally.
Bengal BJP’s official Twitter handle posted a video of party workers sitting on dharna at Kapa More in Barrackpore. While accusing the West Bengal police of halting the Parivartan Yatra, BJP alleged that security personnel beat many of its workers.
“To march in a democratic manner in West Bengal has to face the attack of the police! Is this democracy?” said a tweet by BJP’s Bengal unit.
Earlier this week, the BJP had written to the Election Commission after vehicles in its Bengal chief Dilip Ghosh’s convoy were attacked in Basirhat. Police officials said the miscreants had pelted stones at the convoy at Malancha under the Minakha police station limits during the ‘Parivartan Yatra’.
President of BJP’s West Bengal unit Dilip Ghosh alleged that the attack was carried out by “political terrorists” of the AITC to “create terror” in the minds of people.