Barasat: Section 144 of the CrPC has been imposed in Bhatpara Assembly segment in North 24-Parganas district following clashes between Trinamool and BJP supporters since yesterday 19 May evening.
Bhatpara has been on the boil from 18 May night over the Assembly by-poll there held yesterday. Incidents of violence took place during the voting as well and there was a crude bomb attack on Trinamool candidate Madan Mitra.
With the situation being extremely tense, the administration imposed Section 144 CrPC today banning assembly of five or more persons. Around 70 trouble mongers have been arrested since last night.
Mitra, leading a Trinamool delegation, called on the state chief electoral officer (CEO) Ariz Aftab this afternoon and demanded urgent measures to rein in on the violence.
“It’s a boiling situation in Bhatpara and people’s lives must be saved. If the Election Commission of India (CEO) fails to curb the violence within today, I shall launch a Satyagraha at the border of Bhatpara Assembly area as the administration is not allowing me to visit the spots,” Mitra told reporters.
He has alleged that it is Arjun Singh, who defected from Trinamool to BJP, is instigating the violence and clashes in Bhatpara.
Singh has countered the charge saying that despite not being a native of Bhatpara, Mitra is fomenting trouble there with the help of Trinamool cadres from Kamarhati.
BJP cadres blocked the railway tracks at Kankinara station from 7.05 to 9.13 am today morning demanding arrest of Trinamool cadres allegedly behind the spate of violence since yesterday. They later held a demonstration at Jagaddal police station as well.
This after a fresh round of clashes with crude bombs ensued at Kankinara’s Aryasamaj More today morning. BJP alleges that Trinamool started the clash.
The railway blockade led to the cancellation of 20 local trains and short-termination of another 11 local trains. This threw the schedule of office-goers completely out of gear as they either got stranded midway or did not get a train on time.
Post-poll violence has been reported from Maniktala in Kolkata, Habra and Dum Dum in North 24-Parganas, Mathurapur and Joynagar in South 24-Parganas as well.
At Palpara in Dum Dum, Bimal Das, the father of a BJP worker was injured after allegedly being assaulted by Trinamool cadres last night. He is now admitted to RG Kar Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata.
A club at Bengal Chemicals under Maniktala police station area in east Kolkata has been vandalised by a group of suspected Trinamool cadres. This after their rival faction in Trinamool yesterday escorted a group of voters to a local polling booth defying its diktat.
At Mathurapur, two BJP workers named Chandan Mondal and Nantu Bera have been injured in an alleged attacked by Trinamool workers.
In adjacent Joynagar Lok Sabha constituency, three BJP cadres have been injured in a similar attack at Gosaba area.
To deal with the post-poll violence and provide security during counting of votes, EC’s central police observer Vivek Dubey has said that 200 companies of the Central forces have been retained in Bengal.