Watch: Babul Supriyo attacked by ‘TMC supporters’ in Asansol

Babul Supriyo later took to Twitter, calling his attackers "cowards" and claimed the assailants were "goons of Malay Ghatak".

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 20, 2016 7:14 pm
Babul Supriyo, Babul Supriyo attacked, Babul Supriyo TMC workers, Babul Supriyo later took to Twitter, calling his attackers “cowards” and claimed the assailants were “goons of Malay Ghatak”. (file photo)

Union Minister Babul Supriyo was allegedly attacked on Wednesday by Trinamool Congress supporters in Asansol when he was on way to a police station to stage a protest against the arrest of some BJP workers. Video footage of the incident showed an irate mob attacking Supriyo’s convoy. Stones were pelted at his car and one of it appeared to have struck the Asansol MP. Supriyo later took to Twitter, calling his attackers “cowards” and claimed the assailants were “goons of Malay Ghatak”.

“Someone caught this moment on camera!!!!! That big a stone thrown from a distance-COWARDs! I don’t back off in front of goons of MalayGhata,” Supriyo wrote. Ghatak is an MLA from Asansol and also the Labour Minister in the Mamata Banerjee government.

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“I was going to the police station to secure release of some of my partymen. I was hit with bricks and windowpanes of my car were damaged by TMC workers,” Supriyo, Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, alleged.

“They also showed black flags. I don’t know why the police allowed the mob to come near my car,” he said.

L N Meena, police commissioner of Durgapur-Asansol, said BJP supporters had planned to ‘gherao’ Ghatak’s house in the Asansol Uttar Police Station area when the trouble began. According to sources, BJP workers were prevented from moving towards the residence of Ghatak which prompted them to proceed towards the Asansol Dakshin Police Station. A clash ensued between the supporters of the BJP and the TMC when the saffron party workers were proceeding for the protest. In all 57 persons have been arrested in connection with the incident, Meena said.

Affirming that that they have the right to stage protests, Supriyo claimed BJP workers were beaten up by the TMC men. State BJP president Dilip Ghosh said his party had yesterday protested against cow smuggling in the area when they were beaten up by TMC workers. Some BJP workers were also allegedly picked up by the police whose release Supriyo wanted to secure. Local TMC leader Shivdasan said the BJP workers should have lodged protest with the administration instead of deciding to hold an agitation in front of the minister’s house.

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