Thakurnagar, Feb 2: Prime Minister Narendra Modi was forced to cut short his speech after a stampede broke out at the Thakurnagar rally in West Bengal’s North 24 Paraganas on Saturday.
According to a senior police officer, several women and children were injured.
The Prime Minister, who kickstarted Bharatiya Janata Party’s poll campaign in Bengal with the rally, was welcomed with loud shouts by members of the Scheduled Caste Matua community.
While Modi was addressing the well-attended rally of the Matua community, hundreds of supporters who were standing outside the venue tried to barge into the inner ring of the rally ground, leading to commotion.
Modi tried to pacify the crowd by asking them to stay put in their places and stop from making efforts to come on the front side of the inner ring.
However, his pleas went unheard as supporters started throwing chairs inside the no-man zone in front of the stage to make space for others to stand in the inner ring, which was earmarked for women supporters. Several women and children fainted during the stampede-like situation and were also rushed to the hospital for primary treatment, the officer said.