A delegation of the state Congress unit was stopped by the police from entering violence-hit Makra village in Birbhum district to meet the families of three people who died in a political clash on October 27.
Led by state Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, the delegation was stopped at Choumandalpur village, resulting in a scuffle between the policemen and Congress workers.
The delegation insisted that a four-member team be allowed to visit Makra but were told it might escalate tension. Section 144 CrPC is imposed in the area since October 27.
The showdown between the Congress supporters and the policemen continued for nearly an hour and ended only after the police assured that normalcy will be restored soon.
Chowdhury, however, said the Congress workers would return after a week to take stock of the situation in Makra village.
Later, in his brief address to the crowd, Chowdhury said: “The Maa Mati Manush government of the Trinamool Congress has lost touch with the people and with the ground realities. The TMC is ruling the villages with bombs and guns and silencing the voice of protest with the help of policemen.”
On Thursday, BJP’s vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, state president Rahul Sinha and other leaders were arrested for trying to enter the village where prohibitory orders under Section 144 are in place since a week.
Earlier, on October 29, CPM leaders were arrested when they tried to visit Makra. Congress and BJP teams were also stopped on that day.
Meanwhile, it is learnt that party general secretary Mukul Roy arrived in Bolpur Friday night and held a meeting with top Birbhum district leaders. His visit follows reports that party’s Muslim supporters and members are migrating to BJP. Roy is learnt to have directed party leaders look into the “reasons” behind it.