Violent incidents were reported from across West Bengal on Saturday in which one person died and many were injured, officials said, as a face-off brewed between the ruling Trinamool Congress and a surging BJP after the Lok Sabha results were declared.
TMC alleged that a number of its party offices have either been taken over or vandalised by BJP workers.Police sources said TMC workers were beaten up allegedly by BJP supporters in Coochbehar's Sitai, Titagarh in North 24 Parganas and New Town area near Kolkata.In Coochbehar, the Trinamool alleged its party offices at Bakshirhat, Mahishkuchi, Rampur, Shalbari were vandalised by BJP activists. TMC party office in Sitalkuchi area of the district was also ransacked."Since the results came in, BJP workers have either locked down our party offices or vandalised them or set them on fire," said TMC's Sitalkuchi block president Abed Ali Miya.BJP's Nisith Pramanik defeated TMC's Paresh Adhikary on the Coochbehar seat.The BJP, on the other hand, alleged its workers were attacked by TMC activists in the district's Bakshirkuti area during a victory procession.
Though the TMC has denied the allegations, BJP said its members from the minority community were attacked with sticks and spears.In Sitai area of the district, TMC alleged that country-made bombs were hurled at the house of a leader of its women's outfit.Similar incidents were also reported from the Bankura district, where the BJP alleged that a local leader was shot at.
The incident happened in Saltora area of the district on Friday morning when BJP leader Bidyut Das (42) was leading a victory rally, BJP district president Vivekananda Patra said.He accused local TMC leader Kali Roy of leading the attack despite police presence. When contacted, TMC district president Arup Khan refused to comment.
Bankura Superintendent of Police Koteswara Rao N said complaints have been filed by both the parties and the situation is under control.In Panchmura area of the district, TMC alleged that an office of its trade union, INTTUC, has been vandalised by BJP workers and houses of several leaders were attacked on Friday night. BJP has denied the allegations, saying the incident happened because of TMC's infighting.