Actor turned BJP leader Rupa Ganguly was beaten up and her car ransacked on Sunday when a group of alleged Trinamool Congress supporters launched an attack on her as she was returning from a village in Diamond Harbour after meeting some victims of poll-post violence.
This incident took place amid reports of post-poll violence pouring in from different parts of the state – including those caused by the ruling party’s infighting. Several offices of Trinamool Congress and CPI(M) have been vandalised in West Midnapore, East Midnapore, Bankura and Hooghly districts.
“A political party who has won the polls with a mammoth victory should show some restraint. Here they have unleashed goons against all others who have opposed them. We strongly condemn the incident,” said Rahul Sinha, BJP national secretary.
“If such violence and attacks continue we would request our central leaders to boycott Mamata Banerjee’s swearing in ceremony,” said Dilip Ghosh state BJP president. BJP has also planned for a protest march from Hazra crossing to chief minister’s residence in Kalighat on Monday.
Rupa Ganguly, the chief of BJP’s Mahila Morcha (women’s wing), was heading towards Ishwaripur village in Kakdwip on Sunday along with other members of the organisation to help women members of a family return home.
All four members of the family was abused and beaten up on Sunday. While two of them had to be admitted to Kakdwip hospital, the two others stayed back inside the hospital premises on Saturday night.
On Sunday, when Ganguly’s team meet the injured persons at Kakdwip hospital and was accompanying the two other members – a woman and her daughter – to their village, when the very group of allegedly Trinamool supporters who attacked the family on Saturday mounted an attack on the Ganguly’s car.
“She was hit in the head. We are taking her to Diamond Harbour hospital. The car has been ransacked,” said BJP women’s wing leader Amrita Banerjee who accompanied Ganguly.
Meanwhile, incidents of post violence were reported from different parts of Kolkata and districts. Trinamool Congress in-fighting broke out since last night at Sovabazar in North Kolkata. One policeman was injured and two groups clashed one alleging the other of betraying the party during the assembly polls.
Trinamool Congress workers allegedly beat up CPIM supporters in Jadavpur area too. According to Sujan Chakraborty CPIM MLA from Jadavpur, over a dozen of houses were also torched. In districts like Hooghly and Howrah, CPIM party offices were attacked and workers threatened allegedly by Trinamool Congress backed miscreants.
At Bishnupur in Bankura district, it was the other way round where a Trinamool Congress office was vandalised. While Trinamool leader and former minister Shyamapada Mukherjee, who lost from Bishnupur this time, blamed the CPI(M) for the attack, the CPI(M) denied and charge and said Trinamool’s infighting was behind it.
Trinamool offices were vandalised in West Midnapore, East Midnapore and Hooghly districts as well. In all instances the CPI(M) blamed Trinamool’s infighting for the vandalism.
In separate incident police arrested five journalists in Jhargram, West Midnapore after they landed up in fisticuffs with Trinamool Congress supporters after assembly poll results were out.