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Convoy of BJP leaders Himanta Biswa Sarma, Dilip Ghosh attacked in West Bengal; Sarma terms attack as murderous

First Published: 8th May, 2019 17:23 IST

In a brazen display and abuse of power, activists of the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal attacked the convoy of top BJP leader from the Northeast and Assam Finance,

In a brazen display and abuse of power, activists of the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal attacked the convoy of top BJP leader from the Northeast and Assam Finance, Health and PWD minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh at Khejuri in Kanthi Lok Sabha constituency of the State on Tuesday evening.

A large number of TMC goons went on a rampage as the police stood mute spectators. At least two vehicles which were a part of the convoy were completely damaged in the attack while scores of motorcycles belonging to BJP workers were also vandalised.

Later, CRPF personnel whisked Sarma and other senior state BJP leaders to safety with much difficulty.

The ordeal of the BJP leaders who were a part of the convoy could be ascertained by the series of tweets that Sarma posted during the time of the incident.

Himanta Biswa Sarma through his tweets informed that TMC goons had surrounded the convoy as the West Bengal police stood as mere spectators. Sarma added that scores of BJP workers were also injured in the attack by the TMC goons.

Terming the attack on his convoy in West Bengal as murderous, Sarma also revealed that as many as three attacks were carried out by TMC goons within a short span of 45 minutes. The police, Sarma said, remained mute spectators.

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At least three BJP workers were also kidnapped by the TMC workers. While reinforcement from CRPF arrived, the violent TMC workers put up stiff resistance to the forces. It may be mentioned that Sarma was in Bengal to campaign for the sixth phase of elections.

West Bengal unit of the BJP briefing the media on the incident said they condemned the incident and demanded strict action against the perpetrators. The party also compared TMC workers to stone pelters in Kashmir.

Senior BJP leader and Union Minister for Minority Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi also condemned the attack.

Meanwhile, the Assam BJP has also condemned the attack on Assam Finance Minister and NEDA Convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, while condemning the attack on Himanta Biswa Sarma and Dilip Ghosh, took to Twitter and said a defeat was evident for Mamata Banerjee, which cannot be averted by acts of such kind.

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