West Bengal: 2 killed in bomb blast at TMC booth president’s Purba Medinipur residence

The blast occurred at TMC booth president Ramkumar Manna’s house in which he died.

Aritra SinghaUpdated: Saturday, December 03, 2022, 10:44 PM IST
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The blast occurred at TMC booth president Ramkumar Manna’s house in which he died. |

Purba Medinipur: Amidst sporadic incidents of violence two heavyweight political leaders TMC national secretary Abhishek Banerjee and leader of Opposition Suvendu Adhikari addressed public rallies at each other's strong citadel.

Hours before of Banerjee’s rally at Contai in East Midnapore (the home turf of the Leader of Opposition), a bomb blast took place at Bhupatinagar in East Midnapore kiling three TMC workers.

The blast occurred at TMC booth president Ramkumar Manna’s house in which he died. The two others died in the blast were identified as Debkumar Manna, a cousin of Rajkumar and Biswajit Gayen.

No sooner did the incident happen than a political slugfest started between the BJP and the TMC.

Demands NIA probe behind the incident

Demanding NIA probe behind the incident, Leader of Opposition Suvendu Adhikari taking to Twitter said, “3 Dead & 2 others grievously injured as TMC Leader's house blows up in explosion at Bhupatinagar, Bhagabanpur ii Block, Purba Medinipur District. TMC leader Rajkumar Manna was making bombs at his home when this high intensity explosion happened. I demand @NIA_India Investigation.”

TMC minister Snehasish Chakraborty slammed back at BJP and said that the bombs were made to disrupt TMC’s rally.

On the other hand ahead of Adhikari’s rally at Diamond Harbor in South 24 Parganas which is the Lok Sabha constituency of Abhishek Banerjee, violence erupted between two political parties and BJP supporters claimed that their busses and cars were stopped by TMC supporters so that they cannot reach Adhikari’s rally.

Bike was set ablaze, bus carrying BJP supporters vandalised

After a bike was set ablaze, a bus which was carrying BJP supporters were also vandalised and some local shops were also destroyed by the party supporters. A TMC office was also vandalised and TMC supporters claimed that they didn’t stop the BJP supporters.

However, maligning the TMC, Adhikari said that he will visit Diamond Harbor again in December to hold a rally.

“My initial meeting was scheduled at Kulpi but the TMC didn’t allow that and incidentally my rally was shifted to Diamond Harbor. The TMC thought they would disrupt the BJP’s rally but they could not stop the overwhelming supporters. I would again come in December and would hire trains for the supporters and will bring laddu,” said Adhikari.

From 2018 election is ‘not’ peaceful’ in DH constituency

Taking further potshots at Banerjee, Adhikari said that from the 2018 election is ‘not’ peaceful’ in DH constituency.

The LoP also assured BJP supporters that he will do everything so that BJP candidates can file nominations in the upcoming panchayat elections.

Meanwhile, the TMC national secretary Abhishek Banerjee said that no ‘traitors’ will be spared.

“Two years ago in December a traitor (without naming anyone) from TMC went to BJP. This December we will start campaigning against the traitor. No traitors will be spared. I will again come to Contai and next time I will hold a rally within 20 meters of the vicinity from Adhikari’s residence. In democracy, the common people’s certificate is everything,” added Banerjee.

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