(Left) Raniganj circle inspector Bamapada Das fiddles with a phone as MP Babul Supriyo enters Jamuria police station on Tuesday to lodge a complaint in connection with the attack on BJP supporters.
Supriyo alleged that Das, who had interrogated him in connection with an Arms Act case for over two hours on April 17 (picture right), did not show him any “respect” or “courtesy” on Tuesday.
“When I went to the police station, I saw the circle inspector who had interrogated me in the Arms Act case sitting in the OC’s chamber. He did not bother to show me any respect or courtesy. He did not stand up seeing an MP entering his office. He continued sitting in a reclining position,” Supriyo said.
“I refused to speak to him and lodged a verbal complaint (in connection with the attack on the BJP supporters) with the OC,” he added.
Das, however, claimed that he had stood up and shaken hands with the MP. “I showed the MP due respect, but what can I do if he did not like the way I was sitting.”
An IPS officer in Burdwan said a police officer should stand up when a member of Parliament enters his office but there is no specific rule in the Police Regulation Book.
Durgapur, June 3: A BJP supporter was slashed in the nose and another hit on the head with a rod by suspected Trinamul supporters last night in a Burdwan pocket where MP Babul Supriyo accompanied a party leader back home days after he was hounded out.
The houses of four other BJP supporters were allegedly ransacked by Trinamul workers hours later, after the party sought police help. The BJP alleged that bullets were fired and bombs hurled during both attacks.
Trinamul denied involvement in the attacks and said they were the fallout of the BJP’s internal feud.
A group of BJP supporters from Ikra and Balanpur villages in Jamuria were going to a soiree in adjoining Bijpur around 6 last evening when bullets were allegedly fired and bombs hurled at their pick-up van.
“When our car stopped, one of the attackers dragged me out and slashed me on the nose with a dagger. I lost consciousness,” said Dipak Banerjee, in whose pick-up the BJP supporters were travelling.
Another BJP supporter, Prasanta Bauri, was hit on the head with a rod when he tried to rescue Banerjee. Ikra residents Prasanta Bauri and Banerjee received stitches at the chamber of a local doctor.
Jamuria BJP president Santosh Singh alleged that policemen posted near the ground where the soiree took place stood mute spectators during the attack.
“We repeatedly told the policemen that our party supporters were being attacked by Trinamul but they did not pay any heed. Then I contacted the assistant commissioner of police and the officer in charge of Jamuria police station,” Singh said.
Police and RAF personnel led by Jamuria OC Arup Sarkar rushed to the spot and rescued the BJP supporters.
Around 11pm, suspected Trinamul workers ransacked the Balanpur houses of four BJP workers who had accompanied Prasanta Bauri and Banerjee.
Bapi Bauri, one of the party supporters whose house was ransacked, alleged that Trinamul activists hurled bombs in front of his house. “They threw bombs when I refused to open the door. They forcibly entered my house, ransacked it and took away some valuables,” he said.
BJP worker Subhash Bauri alleged that Trinamul activists fired shots at his house.
Pictures by Santosh Kumar Mandal