BJP party office torched by alleged TMC goons in Arambagh segment, Hooghly district on Sunday. (ANI)
Centre, Governor seek report, Mamata appeals for calm
WEST Bengal was in the throes of widespread violence on Monday that allegedly left several BJP workers dead and injured in clashes, and shops being looted, prompting the Union Home Ministry to seek a factual report from the State Government on incidents of attack on Opposition workers. Videos of arson at a BJP office with bamboo poles and roof tiles burning amid worried cries of people running away from the premises were shared by the party. Photos of dead men, and people scampering with apparel looted from a shop were everywhere on social media. BJP claimed at least six of its workers and supporters including a woman were killed in attacks the party blamed on the TMC. The BJP has alleged that one of its party offices in Hooghly district was set on fire, and some of its leaders, including Suvendu Adhikari, were heckled by TMC activists in other parts of the State.
The BJP shared a video with journalists showing a ransacked party office in Nandigram, piles of documents, posters, broken furniture lay scattered everywhere. Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar summoned State Home Secretary, DGP and Kolkata Commissioner of Police and directed them to restore peace. He discussed with them the situation following the incidents that took place a day after the ruling TMC returned to power with an overwhelming majority crushing the BJP. “MHA has asked West Bengal Government for a report on the post-election violence targeting Opposition political workers in the State,” a spokesperson tweeted. Banerjee, meanwhile, urged her supporters to maintain peace amid reports of violence and asked them not to fall prey to provocations.
BJP national spokesman Anil Baluni shared pictures of people with massive cuts on head and unconscious men lying with bandages wrapped around their limbs. A video showed young men running away with clothes looted from a shop named ‘Hong Kong Fashion’. The faces of some of them were smeared with green colour, and a voice, apparently of the man shooting it, gleefully said “Yehi hona chahiye tha...hum to mijaz bana rahe the. (This should have happened. I was preparing for it). Another video clip showed a group of burqa clad women standing outside the shop, shouting angrily and asking “yeh Mamata raj hai ki goonda raj hai (is it the rule of Mamata (Banerjee) or the rule of hooligans?”