West Bengal: Cars in Abhishek Banerjee’s convoy attacked, TMC blames BJP
West Bengal Minister Birbaha Hansda’s car was also damaged in the attack. (Photo/News18)
Speaking about the attack on his convoy, Abhishek Banerjee denied Kurmis’ involvement. “I think this agitation is not from Kurmis,” he said.
Several cars following the convoy of Trinamool Congress (TMC) Secretary General Abhishek Banerjee were allegedly attacked by a mob in the Lodhashuli area of western Medinipur on Friday night. West Bengal Minister Birbaha Hansda’s car was also damaged in the attack. According to TMC workers, the mob was carrying the flag of Kurmi agitators.
Abhishek Banerjee has been holding meetings in various districts of the state as part of his ‘Jana Sanjog Yatra’ public outreach campaign for the past month. Earlier this week, during his visit to Jungal Mahal, the TMC leader spoke to Kurmis about his long-standing demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status and assured them that the state government has written several letters to the central government about the issue.
Speaking about the attack on his convoy, Abhishek Banerjee denied Kurmis’ involvement. “I think this agitation is not from Kurmis,” he said. In a veiled attack on the BJP, the TMC leader claimed the attackers chanted ‘Jai Shree Ram’.
Kurmis also denied any involvement in the attack.
Meanwhile, TMC workers claimed that the BJP orchestrated the attack and demanded a proper investigation.
After the incident, Abhishek Banerjee called Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and informed her about the attack. An investigation into the incident is underway. CM Mamata Banerjee is expected to join Abhishek Banerjee in his ‘Jana Sanjog Yatra’ on Saturday.
Reacting to the TMC’s accusations, BJP leader Dilip Ghosh said: “Abhishek Banerjee claimed that the people who attacked his convoy chanted Jay Shree Ram, however others heard ‘chor chor’. Also, attacking cars is the culture of Bengal. Our cars have also been attacked several times, but TMC did not react then. The attack was actually the result of no development work at Jungal Mahal.”