West Bengal Minister Birbha Hansda’s automobile was attacked by Kurmi group members’ protesters. The incident befell close to Lodhasuli in Jhargram, in a TMC outreach occasion, the place Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee will attend a programme on Saturday. TMC Normal Secretary, Abhishek Banerjee’s convoy was additionally affected.
Minister Hansda obtained hit with damaged glass items whereas 12 Trinamool occasion staff had been harm by the thrown stones. She reported that the employees had been shifted to a hospital for fast remedy.
Abhishek knowledgeable Mamta Banerjee describing the main points of the incident. The Chief Minister replied with a powerful name for motion for these answerable.
Extreme injury was achieved by protestors
Abhishek had simply completed the Jhargram roadshow, a part of his statewide yatra and was heading to Lodhasuli. Kurmi protestors had blocked the highway the convoy was to take. Though they had been eliminated by the police, they nonetheless managed to do injury.
Whereas Mr Banerjee’s automobile managed to be within the direct line of hit by the protestors, different vehicles, together with Minister Hansda’s automobile was not so fortunate. The previous’s automobile has handed by when the bystanders began shelling stones.
A regiment of police rushed to the spot to achieve management. No arrests have been made, on the time of the information report.
Banerjee stated he obtained down from his automobile to greet the individuals who had gathered. Nevertheless, nobody approached him. The TMC chief was capable of establish protestors and report the identical to the police.
He claimed the BJP was behind the assault as there have been chants of ‘Jai Shree Ram’. He introduced 48 hours had been being given for the attackers to come back ahead and make clear if anybody else was concerned.
Hansda commented that violence can by no means be part of a democratic protest. Individuals who had thrown stones had been outsiders and mustn’t justify violence to get their level throughout, the Minister continued.
BJP spokesperson, Samik Bhattacharya was famous saying related assaults have occurred at their very own events’ occasions. Abhishek’s claims haven’t any floor, Samik continued.
The Kurmi protest
Members of the Kurmi group have been in protest since final 12 months. Amid roadblocks and site visitors disruptions, the Kurmis have been demanding scheduled tribe classification, as an alternative of OBC, their current standing. They’ve been protesting in a number of districts of the state together with Purulia, Dinajpur, Paschim Medinipur and Jhargram.
The protest took to the information earlier this month when Trinamool Congress chief, Ajit Maity, referred to as the protestors ‘Khalistanis’. Following the remark, a number of higher-ups apologized publicly together with, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Equally, Senior BJP chief, Dilip Ghosh remarked that they’ve helped the Kurmi protestors by sending rice and lentils. Members of the Kurmi tribe angered over the remark, held a protest close to his home and demanded an apology. State BJP President, Sukanta Majumdar apologized, on behalf of Dilip Ghosh, to appease the crowds.
CPI chief Sujan Chakraborty stated TMC should look into why these protests are taking place within the first place. There are a number of points on the desk which might be making individuals offended.