he Bengal wing of Bharatiya Janata Party claimed that at least six of its workers were killed across the state since Sunday. They also alleged that a few hundred party offices and houses of BJP workers were ransacked across the state as the counting progressed, and the trends became clearer.
Late on Monday, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) asked the West Bengal Government for a report on the post-election violence targeting opposition political workers in the state.
In a video that went viral on Twitter, a gang of men armed with bamboo sticks and rods was seen entering houses in search of BJP workers. Later, a series of pictures and videos which started doing rounds on Twitter, suggested that BJP workers in Bengal were being threatened and attacked.
Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Monday summoned the DGP seeking a report on the uninterrupted violence across the state ever since the poll results were declared.
Violence on result day
The BJP on Sunday alleged that one of its party offices in Hooghly district was set on fire and some of its leaders, including Suvendu Adhikari, were harassed by TMC activists in other parts of the state after the poll results showed that Mamata Banerjee camp was set to retain power in Bengal.
A senior police officer in Hooghly said he is looking into the matter, and the guilty would be punished.
A local BJP leader claimed that TMC activists, shortly after the defeat of their party candidate Sujata Mondal, set fire to the saffron camp’s Arambagh office.
“The TMC, in a bid to avenge the defeat of its candidate, indulged in acts of arson and torched our party office,” the local BJP leader said.
In Purba Medinipur district, TMC men reportedly demonstrated next to the vehicle of BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari, who managed to clinch the prized Nandigram seat by defeating Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in a neck-and-neck fight.
“He is a traitor. He took to unfair means to change the results,” a TMC activist was heard saying. Supporters of the two parties came to blows following heated arguments over election results in Barasat area of North 24 Parganas, police sources said.
The BJP also claimed that one of its members was severely beaten up by TMC activists in the city’s Beleghata area, a charge denied by the Mamata Banerjee camp.