A group of at least half a dozen men wearing helmets and covering their face with scarves attacked a BJP leader in Bengal and thrashed him after dragging him out of his car ahead of the crucial panchayat polls scheduled for later this month and early May.
The man attacked and thrashed by unidentified men is reported to be Shyamapada Mondal, the saffron party’s state secretary in Bengal., reported ANI. The BJP has accused the ruling Trinamool Congress of orchestrating the attack.
The violent mob also attacked the car of the BJP leader by smashing rear windshield. The incident took place on Friday as Prasad arrived at the District Magistrate’s office in Bankura complain about the alleged violence over filing of nominations for the panchayat polls.
Opposition parties including the BJP, Congress and the CPI-M have alleged that the ruling TMC was not allowing them to file nominations for the upcoming Panchayat elections. The TMC led by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, has denied the allegations claiming that the opposition parties had filed as many nominations as filed by the TMC.
Meanwhile, many reports of violence have emerged from different parts of Bengal including Murshidabad, North Dinajpur district and Jalpaiguri districts.
#WATCH Bankura: BJP State Secretary Shyamapada Mondal attacked, allegedly by TMC workers. #WestBengal pic.twitter.com/RSgwJbHYCp
— ANI (@ANI) April 6, 2018
Mondal had caused a huge political controversy last year when he called Mamata Banerjee an eunuch while addressing a party meeting in Chandrakona, West Midnapore district. He had said, ““I want to ask the Hindus and Muslims present here. Do Muslims have to prove that they are Muslims when they go to offer namaz at a mosque? Do Hindus have to prove that they are Hindus when they go to temples? Hindu society is ashamed to see Mamata offering namaz during Muslim festivals. Today, it is not clear whether she is a man or a woman. If anyone has seen a hijra in Banaras recently, then I will tell him that Mamata has turned into a hijra here.”