BJP leaders detained while trying to enter Birbhum
BJP vice-president and Rajya Sabha MP Muktar Abbas Naqvi, BJP Bengal state president and two Lok Sabha MPs were arrested on Thursday as they tried to violate prohibitory orders and enter trouble-torn Makra village.india Updated: Oct 31, 2014 11:38 IST
BJP vice-president and Rajya Sabha MP Muktar Abbas Naqvi, BJP Bengal state president and two Lok Sabha MPs were arrested on Thursday as they tried to violate prohibitory orders and enter trouble-torn Makra village.
The other members of the BJP delegation were Darbhanga Lok Sabha MP Kirti Azad, MP from north-west Delhi, Udit Raj and BJP state president Rahul Sinha. They were released from Panrui police station after about half an hour of the arrest.
The BJP seized the opportunity and planned a state-wide agitation to highlight the atrocities of the ruling Trinamool Congress.
Makra village hit headlines on October 27 when three people were killed in clash in between TMC and BJP supporters.
“If the state government put half the effort they are putting in arresting us into curbing terrorism, the state of West Bengal would have been in a better condition,” said Naqvi from the police bus.
“What they are trying to hide from us? We think that there are lots of problem in there. Mamata Banerjee’s administration and police have stopped us and arrested us.
We think that criminals and anti-socials have hijacked total state government’s administration,” Naqvi added.
On Thursday morning, a special secretary of the home department sent a fax to the BJP office in Kolkata asking the leaders to desist from enter Makra and adjoining villages as section 144 CrPC has imposed in the areas.
Police sources said the BJP leaders were only detained in preventive measure under section 151 CrPC. Meanwhile, police had arrested 18 BJP supporters from the spot – who were later released in PR bond.
Earlier on Wednesday, police had prevented three teams from the state Congress, state BJP and the Left parties who tried to enter the village. Left leaders were arrested when they tried to force their way through.
First Published: Oct 31, 2014 00:29 IST