Mamata's man reacts to question on Makhra violence, calls scribe a "small fly"

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Mukul Roy slams scribe for questioning
Kolkata, Nov 1: Senior Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Mukul Roy on Friday hit back at a journalist here after the latter asked him about the stand of the ruling party of West Bengal on the recent violence in Makhra village in Birbhum district that left three persons dead and several injured.

"You are a small fly to ask such questions," Roy told the questioning journalist, according to local television reports.

Supporters of the TMC and BJP, the party which is witnessing a rise in the state since the general election this year, clashed in the village earlier this week. The state police was accused of remaining bystanders as the two sides clashed. Panic-stricken villagers began to flee the village after the violence, fearing threats to their lives.

The incident made the national headlines and a delegation of the BJP led by top leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi headed to Makhra but was detained on the way. A delegation of the Left was also stopped from reaching the spot of violence.

On Saturday, Bengal Congress chief Adhir Chowdhury was set to visit Makhra while senior BJP leader Tathagata Roy was scheduled to visit the village with food packets.

The Opposition slammed Roy for his reaction. Veteran Congress leader Abdul Mannan said Roy reacted in such manner because he is worried over his party's future.

The TMC government in Bengal has found itself in trouble in recent times in the wake of the Saradha chit fund scam and the terror modules unearthed in the state after the Burdwan blast of October 2.

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