Shah tar­gets Didi for Ben­gal ri­ot­ing

4- mem­ber BJP team to probe clashes

The Asian Age - - Front Page - RA­JIB CHOWDHURI

The BJP is send­ing a fourmem­ber team to visit vi­o­lence-hit Rani­ganj Asan­sol towns in Bur­d­wan West where clashes broke out dur­ing the Ram­navami fes­ti­val cel­e­bra­tions.

Led by the BJP’s na­tional vice- pres­i­dent Om Mathur, the team also has Ra­jya Sabha MP Roopa Gan­guly, for­mer Union min­is­ter Shah­nawaz Hus­sain and Pala­mau MP, V. D. Ram. They will take stock of the ground sit­u­a­tion and sub­mit a re­port to BJP pres­i­dent Amit Shah, who had de­scribed the sit­u­a­tion as “painful and un­for­tu­nate”.

Asked about the BJP del­e­ga­tion’s sched­ule, state BJP spokesper­son Sayantan Basu said, “They will reach Kolkata on Satur­day night. They will visit the area on Sun­day.”

Al­though Rani­ganj and Asan­sol are limp­ing back to nor­malcy, with pro­hibitory or­ders un­der Sec­tion 144 of the Crim­i­nal Pro­ce­dure Code be­ing reg­u­lated to al­low peo­ple to lead their rou­tine lives, it is not clear whether the BJP del­e­ga­tion would be al­lowed by the dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tion to visit the trou­ble- hit ar­eas.

The BJP’s move to send a team from Delhi comes close on the heels of the Ma­mata Ban­er­jee gov­ern­ment bar­ring Gov­er­nor Ke­shari Nath Tri­pathi on March 27 to visit 47- yearold IPS of­fi­cer Arindram Dutta Chowdhury, who was then ad­mit­ted to Mis­sion Hospi­tal in Dur­ga­pur with in­juries on his right hand.

Raj Bha­van had stated

that Mr Tri­pathi planned the visit “to ac­quaint him­self about the sit­u­a­tion ( sic).”

Ma­jor por­tion of the right wrist of the deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice ( head­quar­ters) of the Asan­sol Dur­ga­pur po­lice com­mis­sion­er­ate was blown off af­ter be­ing hit by a bomb dur­ing the clash on March 26. Mr Chowdhury has been shifted to Ganga Hospi­tal in Coim­bat­ore for re­con­struc­tive surgery.

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