West Bengal Police on Saturday resorted to baton charge to disperse a group of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters staging a demonstration and shouting “Jai Shri Ram”, ahead of a Trinamool Congress party meeting at Kanchrapara in North 24 Parganas district.
The police officers tried to keep the BJP workers away from the area through which the convoy of Trinamool leaders including some ministers were scheduled to pass.
They also resorted to baton charge to disperse the demonstrators.
Rapid Action Force (RAF) has been deployed to control the situation.
Earlier on Thursday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee lost her cool again and chased a group of youth shouting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ in front of her convoy on way to Naihati in the North 24 Parganas district.
Banerjee, on her way to address a protest meeting against the alleged “capture” of the Naihati municipality by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), was about to get into her vehicle after talking to a group of policemen when some youths started shouting ‘Jai Shri Ram’.
A furious Banerjee rushed out of her vehicle twice to confront the youth, while issuing a verbal warning to them. “Come here you BJP criminals. If you have guts come in front of me,” she said.
A similar incident had occurred on May 4 at Chandrakona in the West Midnapore district when the Trinamool Congress chief stepped out from her vehicle to confront people who were raising Lord Ram slogan in front of her convoy.
(With inputs from IANS)