Prophet Row: Mob vandalise train amid protest by locals in West Bengal's Nadia

The group was protesting against controversial remarks of suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma on the Prophet Mohammad

PTI Aritra SinghaUpdated: Sunday, June 12, 2022, 11:05 PM IST
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A group of people attacked and damaged a local train at Bethuadahari railway station in West Bengal's Nadia district on Sunday evening, a police officer said.

The group was protesting against controversial remarks of suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma on Prophet Mohammad.

According to Eastern Railway CPRO Eklavya Chakraborty, several passengers who were inside the local train were also injured.

“Somehow we were able to pass the down Hazarduari Express train. Ranaghat-Lalgola local and other train services are suspended for the time being as the situation is not under control. Some passengers inside the local train were injured while the protestors vandalized the train,” said Chakraborty.

According to police sources, the miscreants who were engaged in the vandalism have been arrested.

The officer said a large number of protestors put up a road blockade and when they were chased by the police, some of them entered the station and threw stones at the train which was on a platform.

Train services on the Lalgola line have been affected due to the attack, he said.

On the other hand, high drama was witnessed at Tamluk in Purba Medinipur district today afternoon as Bengal Leader of Opposition (LoP) Suvendu Adhikari was prevented by police from visiting violence-hit areas in Howrah.

He was later allowed to proceed after a two-hour-long stand-off on the condition that he would go straight to Kolkata, without making any pit stop in violence-hit areas in adjoining Howrah district.

Adhikari was moving with his security entourage when he was stopped by a huge police team at Radharani More in Tamluk. He was not accompanied by any other BJP leader.

Adhikari said he would move the court on Monday over being prevented from visiting the areas affected by violent protests over controversial remarks on Prophet Mohammad by now suspended BJP spokespersons.

It can be recalled that several parts of Howrah have turned into a battlefield after protestors and police clashed during the comments of BJP leader on Prophet Muhammad.

BJP national vice president Dilip Ghosh said that in other states the government had curbed the violence and also alleged that the West Bengal government had ‘failed’ to stop the violence.

“Train, and bus services are being disrupted and patients are dying in the ambulance. The state government is just taking advantage of the violence,” said Ghosh.

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