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Kalyani: Bengal BJP leader and former MLA Shamik Bhattacharya has narrowly escaped an attack in Nadia district allegedly carried out by Trinamool cadres. His car has, however, been severely damaged in the attack.

The attack, which took place today afternoon, is believed to be in response to the forcible stopping of Trinamool MPs and MLAs by police last week at Silchar Airport in BJP-ruled Assam.

Bhattacharya, along with other BJP leaders, was heading to Hing Nara village at Chakdah in Nadia this afternoon to address a party public meeting. A sizeable number of Trinamool cadres, with black and Trinamool flags in hands, stopped his car at Chakdaha Choumatha.

They first waved black flags at the BJP leader and then started shouting slogans like “BJP Go Back,” etc. A section of the agitators then went violent and started hitting Bhattacharya’s Innova car with lathis.

At this point, a police team, which was stationed at the spot in anticipation of violence, rescued the former MLA and other BJP leaders from the car and took them to safety. After this, the violent agitators smashed the front, rear, and all the window glasses of the car.

Having escaped the mob attack narrowly, Bhattacharya later told reporters that police did not try stopping the Trinamool cadres when they were attacking his car.

Rupesh Kumar, the superintendent of police of Nadia district, however, said that it was because of timely intervention by police, the BJP leader was rescued safely. “We are trying to identify the people who attacked the car,” he said.