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Bengal BJP workers attacked ahead of Rath Yatra, party claims ‘TMC goons’ behind incident

Three Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers were attacked in North 24 Pargana district of West Bengal on Wednesday night ahead of Thursday's 'Poriborton Yatra'. As situation in the area remains tensed, the police have cancelled the permission for the yatra, West Bengal BJP vice-president Arjun Singh said.

UPDATED: February 25, 2021 10:51 IST

Three Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers were allegedly attacked by the Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers in North 24 Pargana district of West Bengal on Wednesday night.

The incident took place at Shyamnagar Power House Corner of Jagaddal police station when BJP workers were arranging party flags and banners ahead of the Rath Yatra scheduled to take place on Thursday.

One person was seriously injured in the attack and taken to Bhatpara State General Hospital.

Three BJP workers — Ram Avatar Prasad, Ajay Bhagat and Ganesh Sahu — were allegedly beaten while they were putting up party flags at Power House More ahead of Parivartan Yatra in the Jagatdal.

Ram Avatar Prasad, who was seriously injured in the incident, alleged the TMC goons are behind the attacked.

Ram Avatar, a teacher by profession, said. “We were sitting there when suddenly few anti-socials came and attacked me. We were putting the flags ahead of Parivartan Yatra. We couldn’t recognise them but we think they are from the TMC.”

Jagatdal police have initiated an investigation into the matter.

Meanwhile, West Bengal BJP vice-president Arjun Singh said the Barrackpore City Police has cancelled the permission for Thursday’s ‘Poriborton Yatra’ on Ghosh Para Road from Kanchrapara to Barrackpore on instructions of the CM [Mamata Banerjee].

“The yatra is postponed. We will move to court and resume the yatra,” news agency ANI quoted him saying.

The situation remained tense in Kanchrapara of North 24 Parganas district on Wednesday after Nadda’s ‘Parivartan Yatra’ was allegedly stopped by Bijpur police.

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