BJP protests outside Mamata's house over attack on Roopa Ganguly

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Kolkata, May 23: Leaders and supporters of the BJP staged a massive protest outside the residence of Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal's chief minister-designate, over the attack on the convoy of Roopa Ganguly, one of the saffron party's leaders who contested this year's Assembly election but lost.

Ganguly's convoy was attacked on Sunday (May 22) near Diamond Harbour in South 24 Parganas district while she was returning to Kolkata. Ganguly had gone to Ishwarpur cillage near Kakdwip in the same district to visit a BJP worker who was assaulted allegedly by the cadre of the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) and admitted in a local hospital.

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Senior police officers of the district said Ganguly stopped her car near Diamond Harbour while returning to Kolkata and started speaking to the local people, resulting into the brawl. Some of the local people threw stones at the convoy while a few local women pulled Ganguly by her hair and manhandled her.

The policemen posted in the area intervened and stopped the local people. They said the actor-politician was not injured and she was taken to the hospital from where she was released after a check-up.

Nobody was arrested but a police posting was set up in the locality, the officer said.

Other BJP leaders and workers who were with Ganguly said they were attcked by TMC activists.

Ganguly, who played Draupadi in BR Chopra's Mahabharat serial of the late 1980s and is still recognised for that role, is the chief of the BJP's state Mahila Morcha and contested this year's election against the TMC's Laxmi Ratan Shukla. She, however, finished third after Shukla and the Congress's Santosh Kumar Pathak.

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