“Was Being Pressured To Join…”: Mamata Banerjee On Assault On Minister
The bomb assault on West Bengal Labour Minister Jakir Hossain was a part of a conspiracy as a result of “some people were pressuring” him to affix their occasion, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee mentioned at the moment, evaluating it to the assassination of Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh within the Nineties. She additionally held Indian Railways chargeable for the incident because it passed off on the transporters’ premises.
Minister Hossain suffered accidents yesterday after unidentified individuals hurled crude bombs at him whereas he was strolling in direction of Nimtita Railway station in Murshidabad to board the prepare for Kolkata. He obtained accidents in a single hand and a leg however his situation was mentioned to be secure and out of hazard, in line with a health care provider.
“Jakir Hossain is a big businessman…runs a huge beeri factory. It was a planned attack going by eyewitness accounts,” Ms Banerjee mentioned. “It was a fearful blast. I am shocked. It’s like the Beant Singh blast.”
“Some people (party) were pressuring Jakir Hossian to join them for the last few months. I don”t want to disclose anything more as investigation is on,” Banerjee advised reporters. She additionally introduced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for these significantly injured within the explosion and Rs one lakh for individuals who obtained minor accidents, in line with PTI.
“How can the railways deny their responsibility over security lapses when the attack happened at a railway station?” she requested, including that her authorities won’t permit the suppression of the case. “This is hooliganism, not politics.”
Investigations had been underway on the Nimtita railway station with West Bengal CID taking up the case.
“Around 26 of our people, including Jakir Hossain, were injured. Fourteen of them serious. Police investigation is on. The CM has said that CID, STF, and CIF have joined in. I hope Railways will help them. On behalf of the party, we want that culprits be arrested and brought to court,” mentioned West Bengal City Improvement Minister Firhad Hakim.
The assault comes in the course of the run as much as the state meeting polls scheduled for March-April, with the BJP keenly seeking to substitute Ms Banerjee’s Trinamool authorities.
“The incident shows that West Bengal is not safe even for ministers. The government has failed to control the law and order,” state BJP president Dilip Ghosh mentioned. BJP chief Suvendu Adhikari’s rally was attacked by unknown individuals in Beleghata space of north Kolkata on Wednesday night time, leaving some folks injured, PTI reported.