Clashes once again broke out in North 24 Parganas’ Bhatpara when a three-member BJP delegation, led by former Union minister SS Ahluwalia, arrived in the trouble-torn region, today, in West Bengal. The central team also comprised lawmakers Satya Pal Singh and BD Ram.
Their visit came a day after two people were killed and seven injured in clashes between two groups believed to be affiliated to the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the saffron party. A group of people, suspected to be BJP supporters, raised slogans of “Bengal Police haye haye”, “Mamata Banerjee haye haye”, forcing the police to use batons to disperse the crowd.
Moments after the three-member BJP delegation left the area, two groups, one led by the BJP and other by the TMC, engaged in a pitched battle as both sides hurled country-made bombs and stones at each other. Several persons were injured in the incident.
Section 144, which prohibits the gathering of five or more people, has been imposed in the area again, the police confirmed. Barrackpore Police Commissioner Manoj Verma later said the situation had been brought under control. “The police is patrolling the area. As Section 144 is imposed here police have chased away people gathered in a place. We have registered cases and an investigation is underway.”