Kolkata (PTI): Tension prevailed in south Kolkata on Monday evening after unidentified miscreants, carrying TMC flags, hurled bricks and stones at BJP activists when they were conducting a mega roadshow near Rashbehari Avenue and Charu Market area.
The roadshow, which commenced at Tollygunge tram depot, was set to culminate at Rashbehari Avenue — often referred to as the backyard of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
According to police sources, as the rally, led by state BJP chief Dilip Ghosh and senior leader Suvendu Adhikari, proceeded toward Charu Market, miscreants threw bricks and stones at the entourage, injuring some of the saffron party activists.
Infuriated over the attack, BJP workers chased the miscreants, who by then had fled to nearby bylanes, the officer said. The saffron camp activists then ransacked motorcycles and shops in the area.
A huge police contingent was rushed to the spot to control the incensed activists. State minister Aroop Biswas has also reached the troubled area to take stock of the situation.
Over the last months, there have been multiple instances of political violence for which the two parties have blamed each other. State BJP chief Dilip Ghosh’s car has been attacked twice, for which he has blamed the Trinamool Congress. In July last year, the BJP had issued a list of more than 100 names, which it said were of its workers killed by the Trinamool Congress.
The ruling party had denied all allegations, accusing the BJP of making politically motivated false claims.
Last week, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar met Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi and discussed, among other things, the possibility of violence in the upcoming assembly elections.
“When we look at the panchayat elections of 2018 and the general elections of 2019, it is seen that they have been bloody; rules have been violated and voters have been under stress,” said the Governor, who has been accused by the Trinamool of repeatedly violating the constitution with his words and action against the West Bengal government.