WB: BJP supporters attacked on way to rally, TMC blamed

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Bolpur (West Bengal), July 17: At least 17 supporters of the BJP were injured while they were on their way to attend a public rally here on Wednesday. Twenty-two buses carrying the BJP supporters were also ransacked. The injured were admitted to hospitals in Bolpur and Suri.

The ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) was accused of carrying out the attacks.

BJP supporters and workers from various parts of Birbhum went to the rally which was attended by Bengal BJP chief Rahul Sinha, MP from Asansol Babul Supriyo and Birbhum district chief Dudhkumar Mandal.

They complained that the loyalists of TMC's Birbhum district chief Anubrata Mandal targetted them for several aggrieved supporters of the party were heading to join the saffron party. It was also alleged that the police did not receive the calls of those who were targetted by the goons.

Bengal BJP leader Shamik Bhattacharya said the people of the state wanted a change but now they are looking for an exit. He said nobody could stop the rise of the BJP in West Bengal.

The BJP said the TMC targetted its own aggrieved supporters

State minister Madan Mitra refused to buy the allegations and said people backed Anubrata Mandal. CPI(M) leader and former MP Sujan Chakraborty said only time would tell whether the people are with Mandal. "However, as for the police and administration, they are indeed with Mandal," he said.

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