Political violence on Netaji’s birthday, TMC BJP scuffle at Bhatpara

News Desk: Political violence in West Bengal on the day of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose birth anniversary in the form of a scuffle between TMC and BJP workers at Bhatpara. Gunshots were allegedly fired. The TMC controlled Bhatpara municipality organised the programme.

BJP Lok Sabha MP Arjun Singh alleged that he was stopped from garlanding Netaji’s statue and subsequently attacked. He said “Does the TMC hold exclusive rights to honouring Netaji? I was targeted. My security personnel were attacked with guns and bombs. My car was damaged”

Responding to his allegation, TMC lawmaker Partha Bhowmick said “Arjun Singh is trying to unleash terror in this region. His security personnel fired seven rounds although not even a stone was hurled at him. I am asking local people to be on the alert. Singh’s men may try to create more disturbance”

But video footage captured by local TV channels showed one of Singh’s security personnel loading a pistol and pointing it at some people who confronted the MP.

Commissioner of Barrackpore police, Manoj Verma said “The fiasco started after a minor scuffle between two men. Only one man was injured. It has been alleged that shots were fired but no cartridge case was found from the spot. We are looking into this. The MP went to the celebration without informing the administration, which is mandatory according to protocol. Policemen deployed at the spot said there was no violence or bombing”

State BJP president Sukanta Majumder also had his saying about the incident. He rushed to the spot as well. “A bullet narrowly missed one of the Central Industrial Security Force personnel accompanying Singh. We demand a probe by the Centre. Singh enjoys ‘Z’ category security cover” he said.