West Bengal BJP MLA Bhattacharya held during Malda violence protest

  • Hindustan Times, Kolkata/Malda
  • Updated: Jan 07, 2016 01:23 IST
Vehicles set on fire after clashes between two groups at Kaliachak police station in Malda on Sunday. (PTI)

Bengal’s lone BJP MLA Samik Bhattacharya was arrested on Wednesday on his way to Kaliachak in Malda, a day after the police nabbed 10 persons in connection with Sunday’s attack on the police station.

While the police claimed Bhattacharya’s presence in the area would jeopardise the law and order situation, the BJP MLA claimed no rule of law prevailed over Kaliachak over the past 15 years.

Incidentally, there was a clash between two groups of criminals on Wednesday, during which a man, Hakim Sheikh, sustained bullet injuries.

This incident, however, had no link to the vandalism on the police station, sources claimed.

“From trading in fake currency to smuggling and human trafficking – this area has remained a hub of anti-national activities over the past 15 years. The rule of Nabanna (state secretariat) does not apply here,” Bhattacharya said during a press meet at the district BJP office after the police released him on a personal bond.

Bhattacharya said Sunday’s attack was “pre-planned”. The police, however, said primary investigation suggested some drug smugglers and counterfeit note smugglers led the attack.

The officer said those criminals mainly led the attack and destroyed many important official documents.

The police is trying to identify the culprits from the pictures taken with different mobile phones, sources said.

Meanwhile, Union home minister Rajnath Singh may visit Malda district later this month.

The home ministry has sought a report from the West Bengal government on the Malda violence and a home ministry official said very soon the dates for the visit would be finalised.

The ministry expects that the West Bengal government will soon submit a factual report on the Malda violence.

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