Clashes broke out between two groups, 30 kilometers away from Kolkata in West Bengal on Saturday. The situation went out of hand after a three member BJP delegation that visited West Bengal’s Bhatpara to review violence of political clashes that left two dead and several injured on Thursday. Soon after the delegation left on in the afternoon, two groups clashed with each other.
The police was forced to resort to lathi charge to disperse the crowds. These groups violated the ban on large crowd gatherings, and they also threw country made bombs and stones at each other.
Both, the ruling Trinamool Congress in the state and the BJP ruled central government blamed each other for the clashes amid a tussle for political dominance in the state.
The three member delegation consisted of former Union minister SS Ahluwalia, BJP lawmakers Satya Pal Singh and BD Ram. They were asked to submit a report to Home Minister Amit Shah who is also the BJP president.
Earlier on Saturday, a joint delegation of CPI(M) and Congress visited the troubled areas of Baruipara, Jagaddal, Bhatpara. They demanded a CBI inquiry into the murders.
Mr. Ahluwalia of the BJP delegation said, “When the clash between two groups took place, police baton charged one group and shot at the other. We want to know who took that decision? Who was behind this conspiracy? There should be a thorough probe into this. We will submit the report to Amit Shah and apprise him of the on-ground situation here.”
West Bengal has been on the edge ever since the campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections started in March this year. Numerous political murders and rioting involving BJP and TMC workers have become a new normal in the state so far. Moreover, such kind of political rioting could continue until the state elections are done next year.