Nadda forms five-member team to investigate ‘Nabanna Chalo’ violence

16 September, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava

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JP Nadda, the national head of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has assembled a five-person committee to look into allegations of workplace violence in West Bengal during the most recent Nabanna C...

JP Nadda, the national head of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has assembled a five-person committee to look into allegations of workplace violence in West Bengal during the most recent Nabanna Chalo march. The team will be led by Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament and former Director General of Police (DGP) of Uttar Pradesh, Brij Lal, along with former Information and Broadcasting Minister and Lok Sabha Member, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Lok Sabha Member of Parliament Aparajita Sarangi, Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament Sameer Umrao, and former lawmaker Sunil Jakhar.

These leaders have reportedly been requested to visit and assess the situation firsthand, according to the sources. Additionally, they will look into what precipitated the violence in Kolkata. Additionally, the committee will demand that the accused be prosecuted by the state government. The report will be delivered to the party’s national leader.

Earlier on Tuesday, the BJP organised a sizable protest march called “Nabanna Abhijan” to the state secretariat. As the workers attempted to leave for Kolkata to take part in the Nabanna Chalo march, a fight broke out between the BJP members and the police at the Bolpur train station. A number of employees were also detained.

“Police blocked access to railway terminals as hundreds of BJP members travelled by train to Kolkata to join the Nabanna march. Police stopped 20 of our employees at the Durgapur train station. I used alternative routes to get here, “said Abhijit Dutta, a BJP leader.

Suvendu Adhikari, the leader of the opposition in the West Bengal Assembly, and MP Locket Chatterjee were both detained by the Kolkata Police before to the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) protest march to the state secretariat, “Nabanna,” on Tuesday.

A political dispute has resulted from the violence.

Mamata Banerjee, the chief minister of West Bengal, accused the BJP of employing violence during demonstrations against her administration and promised to take action against anyone responsible.

“Public buildings were demolished and vandalised, and people were harassed. Goons and bombs cannot be smuggled in under the guise of protests. Keep in mind that the police and illegal groups cannot coexist. No anti-social behaviour will be allowed to hide behind the mask of politics, and the police will intervene if that occurs “said Banerjee.

Additionally, Banerjee asserted that the BJP had sent employees to the protests from neighbouring states. She also supported the police response to the demonstrators.

“The police officers had the option of opening fire, but they reacted with great restraint. This is not possible; you cannot arrange for trains to send individuals from other states to Bengal in order to cause trouble; “Adding that she was not opposed to democratic protests, she remarked.

Abhishek Banerjee, a member of the Trinamool Congress, claimed on Wednesday that if he had been there, he would have shot the demonstrators in the head.

BJP leader Amit Malaviya responded to the Diamond Harbour MP’s statement by saying, “More than merely Mamata Banerjee’s nephew, this homicidal criminal. He controls her government in a way that is against the law. If she has the guts, let the WB Police’s murderous action match the terrible fascist mindset that was implicit in his statement. She wouldn’t make it through the people’s fury after that.”

Following the incident, the Calcutta High Court on Tuesday requested a report on the BJP’s “Nabanna Abhijan” from the West Bengal Home Secretary by September 19.

The High Court further instructed the Police to prevent any wrongful detentions and to make sure that no public property was harmed.

When they were in charge of the Nabanna Chalo Abhiyan in Kolkata, BJP leaders were taken into custody from Hastings. BJP leader Rahul Sinha, Locket Chatterjee, and Suvendu Adhikari were brought to the Lalbazar headquarters of the Kolkata Police.