BJP’s five-member team will arrive in West Bengal on Saturday to visit the spot near Halder Bheri in North 24 Parganas’ Sandeshkhali area where a clash on Tuesday between TMC and saffron party’s supporters had left at least 13 members of the latter injured.
The BJP state president, Rahul Sinha, had earlier said that the visiting team would comprise members from the ministry of home affairs, although the team visiting now would be led by the party’s national spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi, senior leaders Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Siddarth Nath Singh, and the two MPs from Bengal (S S Ahluwalia and Babul Supriyo).
“We want to send the message loud and clear to the Centre about the law and order situation (in Bengal) which has touched rock bottom. There has been no incident of post-poll violence anywhere else in the country other than Bengal where we find such instances almost every day,” Sinha said Thursday during a demonstration put up outside the Girish Park police station.
Other such demonstrations outside police stations have been held as well, mainly because, as Sinha puts it, “the police can tackle such situations within minutes but are not being allowed to by the state government which is controlling the police as per its fancies”.
The party spokesperson believes the Trinamool Congress-led government is “afraid of the growing popularity of the BJP in the state”.
“People have already signalled the real change in Bengal. The ruling party has realised this and is afraid about it. We want the police to work impartially and we would extend all cooperation to them. If the situation doesn’t improve, there will be a much larger movement,” Sinha said.
From the visiting team, Ahluwalia said he has not yet been informed about the visit while Supriyo is “ready to go as and when the state leadership says”.
Interestingly, senior CPM leader Suryakanta Mishra visited the victims at the SSKM hospital and said he “will go to any place where victims of state-sponsored atrocities go to”.
Meanwhile, additional superintendent of police of North 24 Parganas, Bhaskar Mukherjee informed that three people have been arrested so far following the clash. “Two of them – Nizam Mollah and Jule Hossain Mollah – have been named in the FIR while another, Ghulam Mustafa, was arrested during the course of the investigation,” he said.