The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) office and some shops in the Indian state of West Bengal were allegedly vandalised by miscreants and at least 13 crude bombs were hurled in the area on Monday.
The shopkeepers alleged that Trinamool Congress (TMC) is behind the attack as the area is known to be of BJP supporters. However, local TMC leader denied the allegations and said BJP’s insiders were behind the incident.
BJP office and some shops in Ghoshpara road of Bhatpara were vandalized by unidentified people, earlier today. Bombs were also hurled in the area.
“TMC miscreants looted my shop. At least 10 bombs were hurled here,” says a local.
The TMC goons vandalised the BJP office. They ransacked my shop and looted the cash and the articles. 12-13 crude bombs were hurdled. Two live bombs were also there that damaged many motorcycles,” Rahul Kumar Shaw, a shopkeeper told ANI.
“They destroyed my house, right in presence of Narkeldanga police officials. They thrashed my innocent puppies to death. Aara ki Manush? (Are they even humans?) Why are they committing atrocities on me?” said BJP’s worker Avijit Sarkar before he was thrashed to death by alleged TMC goons
“A bomb was hurdled on the roof of my house. we were sleeping. I anyhow ran out to save the kids. Three bombs were hurdled on our lane.” a resident Shakeel Ahmed told ANI.
“A bomb was hurled in front of our house. We are scared. we do not know who they were as they were masked,” a resident Manju Devi said.
BJP, ABVP offices in Bengal allegedly vandalised by TMC workers
Meanwhile, BJP National General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya said that BJP offices were vandalised in Howrah.
“TMC goons and workers have vandalised BJP offices in Howrah. The goods have been stolen from there. BJP workers are being beaten into their homes,” tweeted Kailash Vijayvargiya in Hindi.
“After Mamata ji’s victory, her workers are celebrating and vandalising the houses of BJP workers. More than nine BJP workers have been killed so far,” he said.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) office in Asansol was also allegedly vandalised by the Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers.
The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) alleged that 15-20 party goons of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee attacked ABVP West Bengal’s Kolkata office and engaged in an altercation with the activists, assaulted them and vandalised the organization’s state office. They further alleged that TMC party goons deliberately vandalised the idols of Hindu deities and freedom fighters.
“Mamata Banerjee’s defeat in Nandigram had made the TMC cadres very resentful of those responsible for her loss and that such ‘traitors’ would not be allowed to live in Bengal for long,” ABVP said.
BJP announces nationwide dharna on May 5 against alleged violence by ‘TMC workers’, BJP National President JP Nadda to visit Bengal
Meanwhile, the BJP announced the party will also hold a nationwide dharna (Sit-in protest) on May 5 against the widespread violence unleashed by TMC workers post declaration of the West Bengal Assembly Elections results. The protest will be held following all COVID protocols across all organisational mandals of the BJP.
BJP president JP Nadda will be on a two-day visit to West Bengal starting from Tuesday to hold a protest against the alleged atrocities on party workers in the state by the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) government.
BJP MP Babul Supriyo posted a video on social media where allegedly TMC workers can be seen throughing crude bombs, looting the shops.
He wrote, ” More from @MamataOfficial & @AITCofficial ‘s VictoryCelebrations or #TMC PostPollViolence, as u may choose to call it. Lets see Didi’s VIP friends condemn this cowardly act. Sadly, 4 @BJP4Bengal members have lost their lives to Didi’s celebrations #ShameOnTMC“
Mr Nadda will meet the BJP workers and their families affected by the violence and will hold protests in a democratic manner.
“Within 24 hours of election results, many BJP workers have been murdered. Many workers are seriously injured. The house and shops of many party workers have also been burnt. After Mamata Banerjee’s defeat and Trinamool Congress’ victory in the election results yesterday, the TMC hooligans started celebrating the victory with violence and blood. BJP condemns this,” BJP statement said.
Bengal Governor raises concern over post-poll violence, summons top police officials of the state
In wake of rising post-poll incidents of arson, looting and violence in West Bengal, Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Monday summoned the state Director of General Police (DGP) and Kolkata Police Commissioner to discuss the law and order situation.
“DGP, West Bengal and Kolkata Police Commissioner summoned by me in the wake of continually rising post-poll incidents of arson, looting and violence as also killings in the State were indicated of alarming scenario. Called upon them to take all steps to restore law and order,” tweeted the Governor’s office.
The Governor further said it is sad that nine persons have lost their lives and many injured in post-poll political violence.
“Sad also to gather that nine persons have lost their lives and many injured in post-poll political violence. Such political violence and lawlessness cannot be overlooked as this taints the essence of the democratic fabric. Call upon people to maintain calm and peace and promote harmony,” he said.
Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress won 213 seats in the just concluded West Bengal assembly elections. The Bharatiya Janata Party garnered 77 seats in the 294-seat state assembly. However, elections for two seats in Murshidabad are postponed due to the demise of candidates due to COVID.