Clash mars BJP bike rally
Plassey: The BJP alleged that the ongoing bike rally by its youth wing was waylaid and attacked by Trinamul supporters in Nadia's Plassey on Tuesday afternoon.
Police were manhandled when they tried to separate the warring BJP and Trinamul supporters, said sources in the Nadia district administration. However, senior district police officers denied having received any such complaint.
Three men, including Nadia Kisan Morcha president Bipad Biswas, were injured in the clash. The bike rally by the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha was heading towards Murshidabad when the incident occurred.
"When we reached Phulbagan more in Plassey, Trinamul supporters greeted us with black flags. Armed with bamboo and sticks, they blocked our way and started shouting slogans against us. Our supporters riding the bikes maintained silence. Police were trying to persuade Trinamul supporters to clear the way but they attacked us," Biswajit Ghosh, a BJP leader in Plassey, said.
He said the injured BJP supporters had been taken to a private clinic in Nazirpur for first-aid and then to Behrampore for treatment.
Bipad Biswas who suffered multiple injuries was given five stitches in the head at a local hospital.
A team of rapid action force, which was escorting the rally, had to resort to a baton charge to make way for the rally.
The Trinamul workers jostled with the police and traffic was disrupted along the Kaliganj-Krishnagar stretch of NH34.
The two-wheeler rally had resumed from Calcutta on Monday and is on the way to Cooch Behar.
Kaliganj block Trinamul leader Jeeban Mukherjee denied the charges levelled by the BJP.
"Our supporters were peacefully protesting the BJP's rally wielding black flags. It was BJP activists who fomented trouble with abusive slogans. Our supporters protested the slurs. None of the BJP workers was beaten up," said Mukherjee.
Later in the day, Trinamul organised a motorcycle rally in Krishnagar, accusing the BJP of unleashing terror.
Nadia superintendent of police Sheesh Ram Jhajharia did not take calls or reply to text message from this newspaper.