Tripura Police arrested West Bengal TMC Chief Sayani Ghosh who allegedly threatened Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb during a meeting
Tripura Police on Sunday arrested West Bengal Trinamool Congress leader Sayani Ghosh, who allegedly threatened Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb at a meeting here on Saturday night, for attempted murder, a police official said. .
Ghosh, the youth unit secretary of TMC West Bengal, was arrested after being summoned for questioning at a police station in the state capital, Agartala.
The development came a day before a scheduled visit by TMC National General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee to the northeastern state.
Subdivision Police Officer (Sadar) Ramesh Yadav said Ghosh was arrested under IPC Sections 307 (attempted murder) and 153A (promoting discord between two groups) for her remarks against the minister chief.
Yadav said some people who were with her allegedly threw stones at a street corner meeting addressed by the chief minister.
A police official, who did not want to be named, said a BJP employee filed a complaint alleging that Ghosh arrived at the venue of the meeting and shouted “Khela hobey (the match will take place ) and claimed that there were not even 50 people in the rally.
“Khela hobey” is a slogan used by the TMC during the assembly election in West Bengal held in March-April this year.
Ghosh had previously been held for questioning at a police station and later arrested.
TMC leaders claimed that their employees were also beaten by BJP supporters outside the East Agartala women’s police station, a charge denied by the saffron party.
In a tweet, Abhishek Banerjee accused the BJP government in the northeastern state of ignoring Supreme Court orders on the right of political parties to hold peaceful programmes.
“@BjpBiplab has become so SCARY even SUPREME COURT ORDERS DON’T SEEM TO MISS IT.
“He repeatedly sent thugs to attack our supporters and candidates instead of ensuring their safety! suspected attack on Sunday morning.
The Supreme Court recently ordered the police in Tripura to ensure that no political party is prevented from exercising their rights under the law to campaign peacefully.
Police said unidentified disbelievers attacked a group of people who gathered near the police station during Ghosh’s interrogation, but no one was injured.
The TMC is contesting the Tripura municipal elections to be held on November 25. The ruling BJP has already won 112 out of 334 seats uncontested in 20 city local bodies, including Agartala Municipal Corporation. This will be the first civic election the BJP will face after coming to power in 2018.
The party led by Mamata Banerjee is trying to gain a foothold in the state ahead of the 2023 parliamentary elections.
TMC Rajya Sabha MP Sushmita Dev claimed that thugs harbored by the BJP attacked party leaders and workers at the police station premises after Ghosh arrived there.
Our candidates have been beaten up; their homes were vandalized and although complaints were filed, no action was taken. The police here act unilaterally, she said.
The TMC has repeatedly alleged that its candidates are being prevented from campaigning by supporters of the ruling BJP.
TMC secretary in West Bengal, Kunal Ghosh, said that if this is what democracy is in Tripura, “we would recommend our leaders to do the same (in the BJP) in West Bengal.
Tripura BJP spokesperson Nabendu Bhattacharya denied the allegation, saying saffron party workers had never attacked anyone from the TMC as the party does not consider him a political opponent to be reckoned with.
The alleged attack created ripples in West Bengal where the TMC and BJP were engaged in a war of words.
BJP State Chairman Sukanta Majumdar claimed that the TMC was not even able to field candidates for the seats for local body elections in Tripura.
“They (TMC) have to take buses full of West Bengal people to ensure 500 people attend Abhishek Banerjee public meetings. Abhishek Banerjee or Mamata Banerjee meetings will have no impact,” Majumdar said. .
He claimed that the only opponent of the BJP in Tripura could be the CPI(M) and not the TMC.
TMC leader and senior minister Firhad Hakim claimed that the BJP was engaging in violence in Tripura.
“But we will follow the democratic path and win Tripura. Democracy exists in BJP-led states,” he said.