A still from a video released by Darjeeling MP Raju Bista’s office Credit: EastMojo image

Darjeeling: In a significant development, Darjeeling MP Raju Bista has alleged that there was an attempt on his life while he was on his way to Sinji in Kalimpong on Tuesday.

In a press release issued by Bista, the Parliamentarian said, “On reaching Mandir Khola, Char Pul, Sinji, a group of around 80-100 Trinamool Congress (TMC) goons, among whom majority of the men were drunk, stopped our way. Initially, they were shouting slogans, which quickly turned into a physical attack accompanied by khukuri, knife, other sharp weapons and heavy stone pelting on our supporters and myself. Many of our BJP party workers and our alliance partner Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) party workers have been injured in the attack.”

Informing that both of his private security officers sustained injuries when they tried to protect the MP from attack, Bista alleged that the attack wouldn’t have been possible without the tactical support of West Bengal Police.

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“Having received the information about pre-planned attack by hired goons brought in from outside that could take place today, I had called Kalimpong Superintendent of Police (SP), SP Yadav, last night, and appraised him of the security threat that I faced owing to this organized hooliganism. Given that this pre-planned event was being organised without any reason, other than to prevent me from executing my duties as an MP, I had asked West Bengal home secretary and West Bengal director general of police to instruct Kalimpong Police to provide adequate security so that no untoward incident takes place today, and I am not stopped from performing my Parliamentary duties. I was assured that everything was normal, and that I had no reason to worry about my security or the security of people around me,” he said

“However, my security arrangements were inadequate and there was an attempt on my life, in which my security officers, GJM and BJP party workers have been injured,” he added..

Despite numerous attempts, Kalimpong SP couldn’t be contacted.

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