Several BJP, TMC workers dead, offices torched in post-poll violence in Bengal; Centre seeks report| 10 points

West Bengal was in the grip of violence on Monday that allegedly left a number of lifeless and injured in clashes, barely a day after the results of the (*10*)

BJP common secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, the celebration’s in-charge for Bengal, mentioned its 4 workers have been killed and over 4,000 homes ransacked in incidents of post-poll violence. A conflict had damaged out between the TMC and the BJP in West Bengal’s Purba Bardhaman district after the election outcomes have been introduced, an official mentioned on Monday. Similar stories of violence have been acquired from a number of components of the state.

Multiple stories of post-poll violence and arson from numerous components of West Bengal on Monday prompted the Union home ministry to seek a report from the Bengal government on incidents of attack on opposition workers.

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1. After the outcomes of the Bengal Assembly election have been introduced on Sunday, the BJP alleged that one in all its celebration offices in Hooghly district was set on hearth and a few of its leaders, together with Suvendu Adhikari, have been harassed by TMC activists in different components of the state.

An area BJP chief claimed that TMC workers, shortly after the defeat of their celebration candidate Sujata Mondal, set on fire the BJP’s Arambagh office. “The TMC, in a bid to avenge the defeat of its candidate, indulged in acts of arson and torched our party office,” the native BJP chief claimed. TMC sources, nonetheless, denied the allegation.

2. On Monday, the Bengal wing of BJP claimed that a minimum of six of its workers have been killed throughout the state because the meeting outcomes have been introduced. The BJP alleged that 100 celebration offices and homes of BJP workers have been ransacked throughout the state because the counting progressed, and the traits turned clearer. Hitting out at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for violence concentrating on BJP members and supporters, the celebration on Monday alleged that a number of celebration workers have been killed in Bengal after the state meeting ballot outcomes. In a tweet, BJP common secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, the celebration’s in-charge for Bengal, mentioned its 4 workers have been killed and over 4,000 homes ransacked in incidents of post-poll violence.

3. BJP state president Dilip Ghosh mentioned neither the state police nor the administration got here to their assist. He claimed that the mom of a sales space president was killed throughout an assault by TMC workers at Jagaddal in North 24 Parganas district and one other individual was killed at Sonarpur in South 24 Parganas. Another BJP supporter was killed in Beleghata space of town, whereas two others have been killed in comparable assaults at Ranaghat in Nadia district and Sitalkuchi in Cooch Behar, he mentioned. TMC supporters have been additionally accused of vandalising the houses and outlets of BJP workers in numerous components of Galsi. An individual died after he was severely assaulted by TMC workers in the Kankurgachi space late on Sunday evening, police mentioned. The man, claimed by his household to have been a BJP activist, was declared introduced lifeless when taken to a close-by hospital, the police mentioned. A number of homes in Jadavpur space have been additionally vandalised by unknown miscreants, who have been alleged to be members of the TMC.

4. Videos of alleged arson at a BJP workplace with bamboo poles and roof tiles burning amid cries of individuals operating away from the premises have been shared by the celebration. Photos of lifeless males, and other people scampering with attire looted from a store have been broadly shared on social media. Multiple pictures and movies shared on Twitter recommended that BJP workers in Bengal have been being threatened and attacked. The BJP additionally shared a video with journalists exhibiting a ransacked celebration workplace in Nandigram the place piles of paperwork, posters, and damaged furnishings lay scattered in every single place.

BJP nationwide spokesman Anil Baluni alleged that earlier than being killed, a BJP employee was on Facebook Live twice to say even animals and youngsters weren’t being spared by attackers. He additionally shared photos of individuals with huge gashes on head and unconscious males mendacity with bandages wrapped round their limbs. A video confirmed males operating away with garments looted from a store named ‘Hong Kong Fashion’. The faces of a few of them have been smeared with inexperienced color, and a voice, apparently of the person capturing it, gleefully mentioned “Yehi hona chahiye tha…hum to mijaz bana rahe the. (This should have happened. I was preparing for it). Another video clip showed a group of burqa clad women standing outside the shop, shouting angrily and asking “yeh Mamata raj hai ki goonda raj hai (is it the rule of Mamata (Banerjee) or the rule of hooligans?” One of them said her brother ran ‘Hong Kong Fashion’ and worked for the BJP. “It was his alternative, why ought to anybody cease him? People ought to be free to be with anybody, vote for anyone–TMC or BJP,” she mentioned as another ladies joined her and have been seen raging towards the perpetrators, a lot of which was not understandable.

The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), a student organisation affiliated to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, also claimed that its office in Kolkata had been attacked and vandalised by ‘goons’ from the TMC.

5. The Trinamool Congress, in the meantime, claimed on Monday three of its supporters have been killed by the BJP in West Bengal’s Purba Bardhaman district. The incident came about when some TMC supporters have been on the best way to Nabagram in the Jamalpur police station space on their bikes and have been allegedly attacked by BJP workers, the sources mentioned. The TMC mentioned that its members have been thrashed and their bikes have been broken. The BJP, in the meantime, rejected the allegations, saying the incidents have been the results of “people’s resistance”.

6. Sources mentioned a lady who was amongst these injured in the incident was declared lifeless when taken to Jamalpur hospital. Local BJP chief Ashish Kshetrapal claimed that the girl was a BJP supporter and mentioned TMC workers descended on the world shouting ‘Joy Bangla’ and ‘Khela Hobe’ slogans round 11 am. “We built a counter-resistance and the TMC attackers fled. But they returned via another route, forcibly entered my house and attacked my family members. My mother died in the attack,” he mentioned. The TMC supporters additionally injured his father and uncle, the native chief alleged, and added that the goons vandalised and looted 17-18 homes in the world. Following the incident, 23 folks have been detained and a contingent of central forces was in the world.

7. In one other incident in Samaspur in Raina police station space, a 55-year-old man was killed in TMC-BJP clashes on Sunday evening after the outcomes have been declared. Ganesh Mallick, identified in the world as a TMC supporter, was injured after being hit by bamboo sticks. He was admitted to the Burdwan Medical College and Hospital the place he died, the sources mentioned. BJP district common secretary Shyamal Roy mentioned the incident was a fall out of a household dispute, whereas TMC spokesperson Prosenjit Das mentioned the BJP was resorting to violence in numerous areas after shedding the ballot.

8. Reports of post-poll violence have been acquired from Jalpaiguri in North Bengal too. The newly elected MLA of Dabgram-Phulbari, Sikha Chatterjee of BJP alleged that miscreants supported by the TMC attacked her home. She took reporters inside her home to point out them the destruction brought on by the attackers. She alleged that homes of BJP workers have been vandalised and a automobile was broken at Chunabhati space of Dabgram-Phulbari constituency, the place state minister and senior TMC chief Gautam Deb was defeated by the BJP. In Moynaguri there have been stories of a conflict between the 2 teams at Chuadanga space in which a number of individuals have been injured and a motorcycle was set on hearth, police mentioned. Various homes in the world have been additionally vandalised, the police mentioned, including the injured have been taken to hospitals. The BJP claimed that the injured have been its supporters and the TMC denied any function in the conflict. Police and central armed police pressure have been rushed to the spot and RAF has been deployed.

9. After the Bengal wing of BJP blamed TMC for targetting their workers, the Left, made similar allegations. In a tweet, Sitaram Yechury wrote: “Are these stories of grotesque violence in Bengal TMC’s ‘victory celebrations’? Condemnable. Will be resisted & rebuffed. Instead of specializing in combating the pandemic TMC unleashes such mayhem. The CPI(M), as all the time, will likely be with the folks to guard, help, offering reduction.” On stories of CPI(M)’s workplace at Chopra in North Dinajpur being set on hearth, the Facebook web page of the celebration clarified and mentioned that constructing in the pictures being shared was not theirs. The celebration suggested folks to confirm stories earlier than sharing them.

10. Following widespread violence in the state, Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar summoned the state Home Secretary, DGP and Kolkata Commissioner of Police and directed them to revive peace. The Union Home Ministry additionally requested the West Bengal authorities for a report on the violence concentrating on opposition workers. Mamata Banerjee, in the meantime, urged her supporters to take care of peace amid stories of violence and requested them to not fall prey to provocations. “Even after the outcomes have been introduced, BJP attacked our supporters in sure areas however we ask our males to not get provoked and as a substitute report back to the police,” Mamata mentioned at a press convention. The BJP, meanwhile, has announced a nationwide dharna on May 5 towards the alleged post-election violence by TMC workers in Bengal.

(With PTI inputs)

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