The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has on Friday asked the West Bengal government to give a report following the recent attack on Union Minister Babul Supriyo in Asansol.
“The MHA has asked for a report from the state. The allegations are very serious. In particular, the role of the police in the attack is under question,” said an official, reported The Indian Express.
Babul Supriyo was on Tuesday attacked with bricks allegedly by Trinamool Congress activists when he was on his way to a police station to stage a protest against the arrest of some BJP workers.
“There was protest regarding illegal slaughter houses operating in Asansol under the patronage of Trinamool minister Malay Ghatak. These slaughter houses are causing havoc to the environment. I have informed the Home minister about the incident and he will seek a report from the state,” the minister had said.
“I was going to the police station to secure release of some of my partymen. I was hit with bricks and windowpanes of my car were damaged by TMC workers,” Supriyo, Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, alleged.
“They also showed black flags. I don’t know why the police allowed the mob to come near my car,” he said.
Video footage of the incident showed Supriyo standing on the foot board of a vehicle and a stone landing on his chest.
Earlier, Supriyo, on his official Twitter handle , had accused Ghatak of scheming the attack. “TMC MIN Malay Ghatak’s goons inflicted this injury on my ‘chest’’ with a solid brick thrown ‘FROM A DISTANCE”-Cowards (sic),” he said in the tweet. The attack resulted in clashes between police and BJP workers in Kolkata on Thursday.
As many as 18 people were arrested after BJP workers allegedly attempted to break police barricades. While the police claimed that they had to resort to lathicharge after the BJP workers began pelting stones, 13 policemen and four BJP supporters were injured in the violence, the report said.