Ghosh, who is known for his strong barbs against Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, has accused her of orchestrating the attack
Kolkata: Bengal and its association with political violence refuses to end. On Monday, no less than Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh’s convoy was attacked by unidentified miscreants in the district of East Midnapore. The BJP blamed the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) to be behind the attack.
According to eyewitnesses, the attack took place outside the Janamangal Samiti meeting hall near the Contai bus stand. Ghosh, however, wasn’t hurt.
Photos from the spot of attack accessed by MyNation shows the vehicle in which Ghosh was travelling to have been totally damaged.
#WATCH: Police detain Bengal BJP Yuva Morcha workers who were protesting against the attack on vehicle of state BJP President Dilip Ghosh in East Midnapore earlier today. #WestBengal pic.twitter.com/4vV2KVx7YS— ANI (@ANI) September 17, 2018
A video accessed by MyNation is understood to have recorded the exact moment that the attack took place. This video, which was apparently recorded from inside a BJP office, shows bricks being thrown at the party office as well. We would, however, be holding it back till its authenticity is established.
Ghosh, who is known for his strong barbs against Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, has accused her of orchestrating the attack.
“The TMC workers broke the window panes of my car and damaged 15 motorbikes that were a part of the contingent accompanying me. Three of our workers have received serious injuries in the attack... We know they will do anything to stop the BJP. This is the kind of situation we have been facing in Bengal,” Ghosh said.
Interestingly, the entire Purba Medinipur is known to be the home turf of the Adhikaris, a politically influencial family that has had MPs and MLAs of the ruling TMC in its ranks. A member of that family, Dibyendu Adhikari, has issued threats to the BJP many times from public platforms. No wonder then that Ghosh blamed him for executing the attack. Adhikari refuted the allegation.
This is not the first time though that Ghosh has faced an attack. Last year in Darjeeling, he had to be rescued by police.
Though the West Bengal Police has defended itself by saying adequate security arrangements had been made, it has failed to answer how such a precise attack on a political party’s state president could take place.
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Last Updated Sep 19, 2018, 9:28 AM IST