Bolpur: THE entourage of Bihar BJP minister Suresh Sharma and the staff of Sonar Bangla hotel at Tarapith in Birbhum bashed up each other following a dispute over accommodation.
The incident took place this evening. Sharma, who is the urban development minister of Bihar, later alleged that his security guard Manish Kumar and car driver Ganesh Kumar have suffered injuries on being assaulted by the hotel staff.
The hotel management, on the other hand, has released a CCTV footage that shows the minister’s guards and others from his entourage engaging in a heated argument with the hotel staff and hitting them with a baton and the guest register of the hotel.
Sunil Giri, the manager of Sonar Bangla, said that the minister had booked four rooms at the hotel for today in the online mode. The minister was to perform a puja at the Kali temple at Tarapith, which is a famous pilgrimage among the Hindus.
Accordingly, the minister arrived with his entourage today and asked for the rooms. On being told that it will take a while for the rooms to be readied, the minister got angry and demanded a refund saying that he will not lodge here.
To this, the hotel staff replied by saying that since it’s a last minute cancellation there is hardly a refund that he is entitled to and moreover if anything is payable that will be refunded in the online mode as the booking was made online.
Soon an argument broke out between the minister and the hotel staff. During this, his members from his entourage hurled expletives and also hit the staff manning the reception. With this continuing, soon other staff of the hotel came rushing and encircled the entourage of the minister. This led to the second round of scuffle.
The Bihar minister and his team finally made a retreat and left the hotel in a huff. The minister has blamed the hotel staff for flexing muscle and said that he will advise the people Bihar to think twice before visiting Tarapith.
Sonar Bangla hotel, where the incident has taken place, is owned by the relative of a powerful person in Bengal’s ruling party Trinamool.