Arjun Singh, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Barrackpore of West Bengal, wrote to Governor Jagdeep Dhakhar on 15 May, alleging the Mamata Banerjee government’s “sponsored conspiracy” to assassinate him. The MP, in the letter, requested to the governor to instruct the Banerjee government to institute a departmental inquiry against his constituency’s Commissioner of Police Ajay Thakur.
“On May 14, 2020, under the instruction of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee JCP Ajay Thakur attempted to assassinate me and my family on the pretext of cross-firing,” the BJP MP wrote to the Governor.
According to Singh, the police commissioner, his officer Rajesh Ghosh and other police personnel together hatched the conspiracy. The MP says Thakur led a team of over 35 police personnel and allegedly tried to harass him the previous night.
“At around 7:30 PM, JCP Thakur arrived with 35 of his associates and began roaming in and around my office in a suspicious manner. When intercepted by my security officer-in-charge, he said that he had come to serve notice to Sanjeet and Nitu Singh, two local residents, as witnesses in a criminal case. But the notices were not handy with him and he asked a Sub-Inspector to prepare it on the spot,” Singh wrote.
Sanjeet and Nitu Singh are residents of Jagatdal.
The BJP MP repeated the allegation in his interview with news agency IANS.
Governor Dhankhar, reacting to Arjun Singh’s letter has raised the issue with the chief secretary. He tweeted:
Formerly four-time Trinamool Congress (TMC) MLA from Bhatpara assembly constituency since 2001, Singh had joined BJP before the 2019 Lok Sabha election. He went on to win the Barrackpore Lok Sabha seat on a BJP ticket. He defeated TMC heavyweight and former Union Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi.
The BJP MP said when he wanted to see the notice from the Barrackpore police commissioner, Thakur asked his detective department”s sub-inspector Rajesh Ghosh to issue the notice.
“In the interest of the public, I have decided to become vocal against the wrongdoing of the chief minister, who due to her obdurate and insecure nature, targeted me out of sheer political vengeance,” he said in the letter to the governor.
The BJP MP further claimed that under Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s instruction, the police had framed him with more than 75 “false and fabricated” cases to tarnish his public image.
The BJP MP from Barrackpore, as much as several other election candidates of the party, were subjected to violence during the Lok Sabha election in West Bengal where the situation was so terrible during the panchayat election of 2018 that most opposition candidates could not even file their nomination papers.
Senior TMC politician and MP Sougata Roy, declining to comment on the matter, said, “I don”t want to comment anything on Arjun Singh. I am not the official spokesperson of Trinamool Congress. But I have heard about his letter to the Governor this morning. I don”t feel like commenting on it at all.”
Today, another BJP MP, Shantanu Thakur from Bangaon, alleged that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had built a secret crematorium to dispose of bodies of people who died of the coronavirus disease in the state but whose deaths were not reported by the state government.