Bengal BJP leader, two other workers held for raising ‘goli maro’ slogans in rally
A leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s youth wing and two other workers were arrested for allegedly raising “Goli Maro [shoot them]” slogans at a rally in West Bengal’s Hooghly district on Wednesday.
“Three persons have been arrested. A case has been initiated against them for raising some slogans,” said police commissioner Humayun Kabir.
BJP leaders said similar slogans were raised at a rally of the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Tuesday but no one has been arrested for them. “This proves how police are acting in a biased manner. BJP workers are being arrested. TMC leaders are not arrested. We have informed the ECI [Election Commission of India] about this biased attitude of the police,” said a BJP leader.
TMC leader Saugata Roy said the local police have taken a suo motu action against the three as slogans to incite violence were raised. “The law will take its own course.”
A Kolkata police officer said as no complaints were received about the TMC rally, none was arrested.
In March, Kolkata Police arrested three BJP supporters for raising similar slogans and booked them under non-bailable sections.
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- TMC and BJP have dismissed the Left rally as insignificant. While the TMC claims CM Mamata Banerjee will return to power for the third time, BJP says the elections are bi-polar and there is no space for the Left.
- The BJP lodged a complaint in the Phoolbagan police station. Senior BJP leaders of the state rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation.
- The TMC asked the EC why the polls could not be held in fewer phases.
- She alleged that the poll panel scheduled the election dates keeping in mind the BJP’s demands.
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- Besides rallies, the chief minister’s itinerary could include religious stopovers at important places of worship.
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