A video of West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh and his party colleagues being attacked by angry crowd in Darjeeling has gone viral now.
The incident took place on Thursday during a visit of the BJP delegation to the region forcing them to leave Darjeeling.
In the video, angry Gorkha youth are seen mercilessly punching and kicking the BJP leaders. According to reports, things turned ugly after BJP supporters and the Gorkha agitators clashed as Ghosh arrived there with his delegation as part of his ‘Vijaya Sammelani’ of party workers, that was scheduled to be held.
As soon as he arrived, reported PTI, the agitators shouted slogans demanding that the BJP delegates leave the hills and showed them black flags. The BJP supporters were far outnumbered by the agitators, who beat them up.
Some youth are heard chanting, “Gorkha ko kya samajh rakha hai (What have you thought of Gorkhas)?”
Ghosh told reporters, “All of a sudden they rushed to the dais and heckled everybody including me. I tried to pacify them but they kept shouting slogans and pushing others. I left the venue and walked to the nearby police station.”
He said, “On the way my party supporters, who were with me, were brutally beaten up by the agitators.”
Darjeeling Superintendent of Police Akhilesh Chaturvedi said, “There was scuffle between two groups and a few people were injured. A case has been registered and we have started the investigation. The culprits will be arrested soon.”
Rallies were taken out by the BJP in Kolkata as well as in Hoogly, Burdwan and several other places in the state to protest against the heckling of Ghosh. The party demanded immediate arrest of the culprits.
Meanwhile, police have arrested two people in connection with the attack on BJP leaders.
An angry Ghosh alleged that the attack on him and the BJP leaders was “pre-planned” and that he was not provided any security despite being an MLA.
“It was pre-planned attack. And I think this planning has its roots in Kolkata. The administration and police were just mute spectators as our supporters were beaten up and I was heckled. I was not given any security cover. I have lodged a police complaint about the incident,” he said.
According to a Times of India report, the ruling Trinamool general secretary and state minister Partha Chatterjee rubbished Ghosh’s allegations and said, “he went there to disturb peace. People of the hills answered him back.”