Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers on Saturday staged a protest on the streets of Kolkata over the Bhatpara clashes between two groups, in which two persons were reportedly killed.
Violence erupted between two unidentified groups in North 24 Parganas district’s Bhatpara on Thursday following which police opened fire and deployed the Rapid Action Force amid the ongoing post-poll violence in West Bengal.
BJP MP Arjun Singh claimed that the victim was shot in the head, while six others also received bullet injuries.
The incident occurred hours before the state police chief was supposed to inaugurate a newly-constructed police station.
Prior to the inauguration, violence broke out in the area as miscreants resorted to bombings and also fired at each other. The police had to open fire and use tear gas to control the situation.
Singh blamed the Trinamool Congress, local police and officers of the Barrackpore Police Commissionerate for the violence.
The BJP has blamed the ruling Trinamool Congress for the violence and had said that it will submit a report to Home Minister Amit Shah.
BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya blamed the Trinamool government in the state and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for the clashes. “Mamata Banerjee has lost her mental balance since the Lok Sabha elections. Clashes are taking place all over the state. I have got information that two people fell to police bullets,” he was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.
Meanwhile, a three-member delegation of BJP including SS Ahluwalia, Satya Pal Singh and VD Ram will visit Bhatpara on Sunday.
Post-poll violence has been reported from various places of West Bengal after the BJP secured 18 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state, just four less than that of the TMC.
Earlier this month, four people had lost their lives in post-poll clashes in Bhangipara, Hatgacha in North 24 Parganas.