Congress MLA and Leader of Opposition Abdul Mannan was badly injured in a ruckus over Property Damage Bill in West Bengal Assembly on Wednesday. He was rushed to the nearest hospital where he is undergoing treatment. The ruckus took place after the Opposition demanded more amendments in the bill.
The Mamata Banerjee government has introduced an amendment in the West Bengal Prevention of Defacement of Property Act to stop rampant damage of government property. The amended bill if passed would deter vandals, rioters and arsonists who could face imprisonment up to a maximum of 7 years for damaging property.
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Mannan was suspended by Speaker Biman Banerjee as he continued his protest with placards against the government for bringing West Bengal Maintenance of Public Order (Amendment) Bill, 2017 and termed it as “black law” while refusing to heed to the Speaker who asked him to wait for discussions on it.
The Speaker then asked Mannan, the Congress MLA from Champdani, to withdraw for the day but he remained defiant and was suspended. As soon as he was suspended, Mannan sat in the Well of the House and the marshalls tried to forcibly evict him, leading to a scuffle between them and Congress members.
The Congress leader fell sick during the scuffle and was taken to a hospital in an ambulance. The Congress and the Left legislators staged a walkout from the House protesting against the incident.
Meanwhile, Congress MLA Pratima Rajak claimed that she was molested by security officials. “The security (officials) pulled me by my saree and tried to kick me,” Rajak, the MLA from Burwan, told reporters.
The West Bengal Maintenance of Public Order (Amendment) Bill, 2017 was later passed in the House and the Speaker asked the assembly secretary to take note of the benches which were damaged by opposition MLAs.
“Why are they opposed to this bill? Because they (opposition) don’t believe in peaceful movements. They believe in destroying public and government property. We will not let this happen,” Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said in the assembly.
(With inputs from PTI)