On Wednesday, Mamata Banerjee, the chief minister of West Bengal, said that strangers were brought into the region to damage the local police station and private property in Kaliaganj, in the district of Uttar Dinajpur.
Following the murder of a young girl last week, Banerjee claimed the BJP was responsible for the vandalism that rocked Kaliaganj on Tuesday. She then ordered the state police to investigate attaching properties of anyone found implicated in the arson and violence case.
Her claims were rejected by BJP as “absurd.” “Extras were brought in to set fire to the Kaliaganj police station and to the possessions of common people. After an administrative meeting, Banerjee informed reporters at the state secretariat that police would consider seizing the assets of rioters.
“BJP sent thugs from Bihar who ransacked the Kaliaganj police station and set it on fire. They had all of the vandalism planned. Even policewomen were allegedly attacked, according to the chief minister.
She said that the police will look into the girl's death as well as the Tuesday arson and damage.
After an administrative meeting, Banerjee informed reporters at the state secretariat, “Our government is with the family of the victim.”
“In Bengal, the BJP is engaging in hooliganism. They're trying to stir up trouble in Bengal. This plot to spread chaos will fail, she vowed.
She said that the central government was attempting to “disturb all states where the opposition was in power.” Regarding the suspension of four police officers for allegedly dragging the body of the young girl who was discovered dead on April 17, Banerjee stated that while their actions could not be justified, the police had been attacked by criminals who had thrown stones at them, which she suggested may have caused them to attempt to flee the scene.
Although residents had expressed concern that the girl may have been raped and then murdered, a post-mortem investigation revealed she had not been sexually assaulted. The child had been missing for the previous night when her corpse was discovered floating in a canal.
She said that during the administrative meeting conducted here today, it was decided to provide corpse bags to every police station.
“The girl's corpse should not have been carried in that manner. But given that they were being stoned, how could they carry it? We've made the decision to provide each police station with at least 10 bags to transport corpses. Four police officers have been suspended, and their jobs will be examined, she added.
BJP state spokesman Samik Bhattacharya called Banerjee's claims of the BJP's participation “absurd” and rejected them.
“The CM often says things like this when things are difficult. It was an instance of uncontrollable crowd rage. He questioned how the BJP could be charged with inciting the mob.
The CM, according to Bhattacharya, insulted the Bihari people.
When she asserts that foreigners from Bihar were responsible for the violence, Bhattacharya said, “on the one hand, she is inviting kin of fodder scam accused (RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav) to Bengal, while on the other, she is insulting the neighboring state.”
On Wednesday, a BJP delegation headed by Manoj Tigga, the party's main whip in the West Bengal Assembly, met with Governor CV Ananda Bose to express their concerns about the situation in Kaliaganj and to urge that the offenders be brought to justice without delay.
“We have encouraged the Governor to see that the offenders are dealt with. It is deplorable how indigenous people are being assaulted across the state. To guarantee that justice is served, the state government must act quickly, according to Tigga.
The National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), which visited the state in the Kaliaganj case, came under fire from the chief minister as well. He questioned why the NCPCR remained mute in other situations like the recent court shooting in Delhi or the Bilkis Bano case in Gujarat.
“They coming here is not an issue for me. However, I'd want to know why they don't trust the state child commission. She said, “Why are they remaining mute over the Bilkis case and the latest shooting event in the Delhi court?
Banerjee praised the police for apprehending a guy who barged into a school in Old Malda on Wednesday brandishing a pistol and preventing a hostage situation, but suggested that the whole incident may have been a setup.
The chief minister added, “The case of a man brandishing a gun at Malda school may not be an act of lunacy.”
Police officers and townspeople overpowered the gunman who barged into a high school classroom full of pupils and said he was doing it to call attention to a year-old complaint that his wife and son were missing, ending the hostage situation.
Locals said that the man's wife and son were no longer together and were now living apart.