A ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) team would arrive soon to look into the alleged firing on Tuesday by Trinamool Congress (TMC) cadres on BJP supporters in Basirhat , said state BJP president Rahul Sinha Wednesday.
“I have had a word with the new union home affairs minister, Rajnath Singh, and narrated how two dozens of our men were injured in the firing. He assured a team will be arriving in a couple of days to investigate the matter,” Sinha said.
Sinha also criticised Chief Secretary Sanjay Mitra for ignoring his calls. “I called him over 20 times today for an appointment to meet him to discuss about yesterday’s violence,” he said.
“He is not behaving as the chief secretary of the state. He is behaving as the chief secretary of the ruling party.”
Referring to the CPM writing to the Chief Minister regarding attacks on their partymen, he said: “They have done that because the CPM wants political shelter as it would have to team up with the TMC in the future to fight the BJP in the state.”
A team of BJP leaders led by Shamik Bhattacharya visited the site near Halder Bheri at Sandeshkhali in North 24 Parganas where the violence took place. Bhattacharya was BJP’s nominee in this Basirhat seat and had put up a tough fight against the TMC and CPI.
Meanwhile, the family members of the injured said they feared more attacks. “My father and husband are in hospital and I am alone at home with my two children. I have nothing to do if they return to launch another attack,” said Piyali Sardar, daughter of the 85-year-old Manik Sardar who, hospital authorities, said was one of the three critically injured out of the 13 who had been admitted to SSKM Hospital Tuesday night.
The other two, Prabhash Gayen (55) and Mantu Sardar (29), too, were admitted with critical injuries at the Curzon Ward of the hospital. “They had come in a vehicle and bikes and started firing indiscriminately on us. Some of us who fell down were beaten up with sticks and iron rods,” Gayen said.
Tarak Shikari, son-in-law of Gayen, said he was afraid to return to his house. “It is the price that we are paying for voting for the BJP. I have not gone return home since last night,” he said.
Interestingly, hospital authorities were divided in their opinion about the injuries.
While medical superintendent Dipanjan Banerjee said all the 13 persons were admitted with bullet injuries, Dr Pradip Kumar Mitra, director, SSKM, said, “There had been no bullet injuries. Of the 13 who were admitted last night, one of them had a head injury and a CT scan had to be done. The other had multiple fractures.”