BJP delegation to visit Bhatpara in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas

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Kolkata, June 22: A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) delegation will be visiting Bhatpara in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district on Saturday to review the situation after two people were killed and 11 injured on Thursday in a clashe that broke out between two groups suspected to be affiliated to the Trinamool Congress and the BJP.

The three-member delegation, led by former union minister SS Ahluwalia, will submit its report to BJP president and Union Home Minister Amit Shah. Satya Pal Singh and VD Ram will be the other two members of the panel.
The authorities have imposed Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) in and around the area following the violence.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee directed senior police officers to take stringent action against those involved in the incident “irrespective of their political colour”, state government sources said.

The BJP and TMC blamed each other for the clash, which is seen as an attempt to establish dominance in Bhatpara, which comes under the Barrackpore Lok Sabha constituency. The BJP wrested the Bhatpara assembly seat from the TMC in the by-elections.

Earlier on Friday, BJP workers stage protest on the streets of Kolkata against Bhatpara incident, defying the prohibitory orders issued by the administration in the affected area.

BJP’s national secretary Rahul Sinha demanded a CBI inquiry into the alleged police firing which killed two people while accusing the state administration of acting as TMC cadre.

In the wake of the incident, Barrackpore Police Commissioner Tanmay Ray Chaudhuri was also removed. Home Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay had asked everyone to refrain from making controversial statements.

“The state government requests all concerned to avoid and resist from making inflammatory statements… in the context of the situation in Jagatdal and Bhatpara areas. We request all to cooperate and not get provoked by propaganda from any side,” Bandyopadhyay had said.

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