Bharatiya Janata Party leader Dilip Ghosh has claimed that he suffered injuries after Trinamool Congress (AITC) workers attacked his car with country-made bombs and bricks in Coochbehar. Ghosh, the cheief of party’s West Bengal unit, said that his car’s window glasses were smashed in the attack.
Ghosh alleged that AITC workers returning from a rally of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, which was held in another nearby town, clashed with BJP activists attending Dilip Ghosh’s meeting.
“I was waiting in my vehicle after our meeting for the people to leave when we were attacked with firearms, bombs, bricks and sticks by people holding AITC flags. It was like a Talibani attack,” Dilip Ghosh said.
Ghosh alleged that several country-made bombs were hurled at his car.
He claimed that the police did not act to prevent the attack on him and BJP supporters.
Later, the West Bengal BJP chief shared a series of photos from the attack, including one showing injury marks on his arm and wrote, “The state of democracy in Paschim Banga is pathetic. AITC goons carrying AITC flags hurled crude bombs on my vehicle and shattered my vehicle’s window. They also assaulted multiple karyakartas of BJP and also vandalised multiple cars. Policemen were seen retreating. This happened following a public meeting at Sitalkuchi, at the very spot where the meeting was conducted.
Dilip Ghosh said that if the Election Commission does not take immediate action, polling in constituencies in Cooch Behar will be a “farce”.
AITC spokesman Kunal Ghosh said that the ruling party was not involved in the attack on BJP’s Bengal chief Dilip Ghosh.
AITC workers returning from a rally addressed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, which was held in a nearby town, got embroiled in a clash with BJP workers who were attending Ghosh’s rally.
“I was waiting in my vehicle…we were attacked with bombs, bricks and sticks by people holding AITC flags. It was like a Talibani attack,” he said, adding that “if this is the situation, how can one expect free and fair polls in Cooch Behar, where people had voted for change in the 2019 Lok Sabha election”.
Meanwhile, BJP workers sat on a dharna outside the Chief Electoral Officer’s (CEO) office in Kolkata demanding action against the culprits.
Cooch Behar district will go to polls in the fourth phase on 10 April. The BJP had won seven seats in North Bengal, including Cooch Behar, in the 2019 general elections.