Targeted by the BJP over the payoff of eight people in Bengal’s Birbhum, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee moment said” similar incidents have happed in Gujarat and Rajasthan too” and assured action” in a fair manner”. She also said she’d visit the area hereafter.
Eight people were allegedly locked in their homes and burnt alive by a mob near Rampurhat city of Birbhum, in demurrers following the death of a Trinamool Congress vill leader, Bhadu Sheikh, in a crude lemon attack on Monday.
The violence and killings have revived sparring between Mamata Banerjee and the BJP, which has demanded her sacking and a central disquisition.
” Similar kinds of incidents have happed in Gujarat and Rajasthan too. I’m not justifying the incident in Rampurhat. We’ll take action in a fair manner,” Mamata Banerjee said momentarily.
“The government is ours, we’re concerned about people in our state. We’d no way want anyone to suffer. The Birbhum, Rampurhat incident is unfortunate. I’ve incontinently dismissed the OC, SDPO ( officer-in-charge,sub-divisional police officer) of Rampurhat. I’ll go to Rampurhat hereafter,” added the Chief Minister.
On BJP leaders professing that they were stopped from visiting the spot, Ms. Banerjee said”This is Bengal, not Uttar Pradesh. I had transferred a delegation of Trinamool to Hathras (where a youthful woman failed in 2020 after being gang-ravished) but we weren’t allowed entry. But we aren’t stopping anyone from coming then.”
The Birbhum killings have escalated into a massive political row with the BJP in Bengal as well as the Centre, and Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar criminating the Mamata Banerjee government of allowing the state to lapse into chaos and lawlessness.
Mr. Dhankhar had on Tuesday called the death of eight people” terrible” and claimed that the state was in the grip of a culture of” violence and lawlessness”.
Ms. Banerjee responded sprucely, saying that his comments were”uncalled for”.
Mr. Dhankhar, in his three-runner reply to Ms. Banerjee’s moment, hit back, saying the Chief Minister had taken an”accusatory station” at his” subdued response”.
“As usual, you have taken an accusatory station at my subdued response to ghastly holocaust worst in the memory atRampurhat.The shocking holocaust is being justifiably compared by numerous to the incidents in the state, a many times agone, while you were in the opposition,” the Governor wrote.