UPDATED: March 18, 2021 07:42 IST
Three people, including a child, were reportedly injured in a crude bomb attack at multiple locations in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district on Wednesday night.
The incident took place at Gali no. 17 in Jagatdal. The spot is not too far from the residence of Barrackpur BJP MP Arjun Singh.
According to police, some unidentified men hurled bombs in Gali no. 17 which falls under the 18 number ward in Bhatpara Municipality on Wednesday. Bombs were reportedly hurled at 15 places in the city and the accused also broke CCTV cameras at various spots.
The Jagatdal police arrived at the spot but were met with protests from the angry locals. It has been alleged that one bomb was hurled in the presence of police.
As of now, it is not clear who was involved in the bombing and the motive behind the attack.
Hearing about the incident, Barrackpur BJP MP Arjun Singh came to the spot and told police to take action. He also reportedly asked the police to leave the spot.
Arjun Singh said, “We have been calling the police for the past 10 to 12 days, but the police have not taken any steps to ensure the safety of people. We have also informed the Election Commission about the law and order situation in the state and amid this, an incident of bombing has happened again. Actually, the police are not taking any steps on the instructions of the ruling party.”
He also sent out a warning — “If the police cannot take steps against this…then the game will become very dangerous and the Trinamool Congress and the hooligans will be finished.”
“An atmosphere of fear is being created so that the people can not cast their vote”, alleged Arjun Singh.
West Bengal BJP leader Mukul Roy said that the party will approach the Election Commission over the attack.
Meanwhile, the TMC candidate in Jagatdal assembly constituency Somnath Shyam said “As far as I have been told this was not a result of a political conflict. We are still unsure of how and why the bombing took place. We have informed the police and administration and told them to take action without any political bias.”