BJP’s West Bengal state committee member Krishnendu Mukherjee on Monday alleged that “TMC goons” have opened fireplace on his car in Asansol in Paschim Barddhaman district however he was saved by a whisker because the assailants did not open the automobile’s doorways.
The ruling get together in the state, nonetheless, dismissed his allegation and mentioned the incident is likely to be a fallout of Mukherjee’s previous rivalries.
“As I was returning home in Asansol’s Hirapur from Kolkata on Sunday night, three unidentified persons, whom I suspect to be TMC goons, stopped my car near my house and tried to open the doors, failing which they opened indiscriminate fire on the vehicle.
“The driver shouted for help and I repeatedly honked the horn to grab the locals’ attention, following which the assailants fled the spot,” Mukherjee mentioned.
He alleged that the TMC was behind the incident and he has knowledgeable senior BJP leaders concerning the incident.
A criticism has been acquired from Mukherjee and CCTV footages in the realm are being scrutinised, an officer at Hirapur police station mentioned.
Dismissing the costs, TMC’s Asansol Dakshin MLA Tapas Banerjee alleged that Mukherjee is accused in a number of extortion, smuggling and even homicide instances and was absconding for a very long time and the incident is likely to be a fallout of his previous rivalries.
Days after being accused of inaction, the Murshidabad district police in Bengal have arrested two native Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders in the Kandi space for allegedly assaulting a Border Security Force (BSF) jawan on December 11.
The injured jawan, Biswajit Sahani, 32, is hooked up to 169th Battalion. He was posted at Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir until he got here house on go away. The jawan’s household lives in the Kalabagan space of Kandi. He is now in hospital.
The police arrested Saddam Hossain and Hiran Miyan from Kandi on Monday night time for their alleged position in the assault on Sahani. Hossain is a member of the native Mahalandi gram panchayat whereas Miyan is a TMC chief in Kandi city.
Last Friday, Sahani was returning house from the native market on his motorbike when the TMC was holding a roadshow as a part of its new outreach programme, Bangadhani (voice of Bengal).
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Sahani was stopped in order that the procession might go. The BSF jawan requested the TMC males to let him go and this led to an altercation, Sahani’s household stated in the police grievance. The TMC staff assaulted Sahani and likewise vandalised his motorbike, the grievance stated.
Sahani was rushed to the Kandi authorities hospital and was later moved to Murshidabad Medical College and Hospital in Berhampore city.
His household alleged that officers at Kandi police station didn’t take motion even after receiving a written grievance from the jawan’s father, Biswanath Sahani.
Berhampore Lok Sabha member and state Congress president Adhir Chowdhury and district Bharatiya Janata Party president Gouri Shankar Ghosh visited the injured jawan in hospital. They strongly criticized the police in public.
The jawan’s elder brother, Rajesh Sahani, stated, “It is very unfortunate that the police sat on the complaint for almost three days. My brother is still under treatment. The TMC workers had hit him on the head with his own helmet. He was brutally thrashed as well.”
“My brother is on leave since February this year as he is undergoing treatment for some physical and psychological problems,” added Rajesh Sahani.
Subhas Ghosh, inspector-in-charge of Kandi police station, stated, “Saddam Hossain and Hiran Miyan have been booked under multiple sections of the Indian Penal Code. They will be produced before the local court on Tuesday. We will pray for their judicial custody for two weeks.”
TMC’s district spokesperson Apurba Sarkar, who was main the rally on Friday, stated, “The administration is doing its duty. We have nothing to say on this issue.”
The annual ‘Poush Mela’, a heritage cultural occasion attracting lakhs of travellers to West Bengal’s Santiniketan, is not going to be held this yr due to Covid-19 restrictions, an official stated.
The over-a-century-outdated handicraft, handloom, artwork and music pageant, is normally held in December-end.
“We are not sure about getting the nod from the local administration in view of the Covid-19 situation. Most students, an integral part of Poush Mela, are not coming to the campus.
“Keeping all these factors in mind, we had to take this unpleasant decision for public health safety,” a member of Visva-Bharati’s govt council stated.
The resolution was taken at a excessive-degree assembly of the chief council.
Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s father Maharshi Debendranath Tagore had first organised the honest in 1894 and Visva-Bharati, the college based by the bard, began organising it from 1951.
The ‘Poush Utsav’, together with prayers and singing of devotional songs within the varsity campus, will, nevertheless, happen (on December 23 this yr), he stated.
The destiny of the Poush Mela has been a topic of conjecture in the previous couple of months, with an official of the council claiming in July that Visva-Bharati authorities had determined to scrap the occasion, citing latest “bitter experiences” in organising the winter carnival amid a tussle with merchants to adjust to National Green Tribunal (NGT) tips.
But in late August, the varsity had stated that the central college is prepared to organise the honest if it will get monetary assist from the Union authorities.
The Visva-Bharati will observe its basis day on December 24, which is able to be attended by the Union training minister and the West Bengal governor.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday doled out sops for Dalit communities, who account for almost one-fourth of the state’s inhabitants, forward of the essential meeting polls slated to be held in April-May subsequent 12 months.
Banerjee distributed land proper paperwork (pattas) to the refugees, who had settled within the state many years in the past, and introduced her authorities’s plans to make it simpler for the Scheduled Castes (SCs) to get caste certificates.
She mentioned a number of boards and committees could be arrange for their improvement.
“People from the SC community had to run from pillar to post to get a caste certificate. If a person belongs to the SC community, where at least one member has a caste certificate, the state government will ensure that the document is made available within two weeks,” mentioned Banerjee.
“We are setting up a Matua development board and have allocated a budget of Rs 10 crore. Cultural boards will be set up for each of the sub-castes, including Bagdi, Bauri and Dom, among others,” she added.
The CM was interacting with representatives of varied Dalit communities and sub-castes based mostly on their professions, together with weavers and dokra artisans, at Nabanna, the state secretariat in Howrah district.
Plans are afoot to increase the advantages of the state-sponsored well being protection plans to varied SC sub-castes.
Banerjee sanctioned many of the requests made by the representatives corresponding to constructing group centres, donating ambulances and establishing faculties for ladies throughout districts.
The CM additionally urged the representatives to counsel eminent names from their castes and communities after whom state-run universities may very well be named.
The SC inhabitants in West Bengal is estimated at 2.14 crore, which is round 23% of the 9.14 crore inhabitants of the state, as per the 2011 Census.
The rival, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), lashed out on the ruling Trinamool Congress authorities for the latter’s alleged bid to appease the Dalits.
“The TMC has been unmasked and the public has become more aware than ever before. These poll sops won’t work. The TMC will be voted out of power. The TMC knows its poll prospect all too well and the move explains its desperation,” alleged Sayantan Basu, basic secretary of the BJP’s Bengal unit.
The 126-12 months-previous Durga Puja on the ancestral dwelling of the Mukherjees in distant Miriti village in West Bengal’s Birbhum district is being organised as common this 12 months too. But the puja has misplaced one in every of its greatest points of interest. The priest himself. The villagers and shut associates of former President Pranab Mukherjee, who handed away in August, say they really feel his absence at each step.
“He used to guide us like a father figure. This time, he is not here with us anymore and we can feel it even more during the puja because he used to do everything from reciting the Chandi every day and performing the Sandi Puja. It was his puja and the priests used to assist him,” mentioned Rabi Chattaraj, 71, a resident of Miriti.
The village is round 230 km south-west of Kolkata the place the puja was began by Mukherjee’s ancestor, Jangaleswar Mukherjee, 126 years in the past.
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“No matter where he was, he used to make it a point to come to the village during Durga Puja and hold the puja in his ancestral house. It was a big attraction and people from far off villages used to come just to see him when he was the president,” he mentioned.
A religious Hindu, Pranab Mukherjee by no means missed his priest’s position besides in 2015, when his spouse, Suvra, handed away only a few days earlier than the annual competition. Although different monks carried out the routine rituals, it was Mukherjee’s job to chant scriptures from the 13 chapters of Chandi.
“He had almost memorised the entire Chandi as he used to chant it every day the first thing in the morning. So, while performing the Durga Puja, he could chant it without referring to any scriptures,” mentioned Chattaraj, who shares a really shut and cordial relation with the Mukherjee household.
Friday was Saptami of Durga Puja. Following custom and sporting patta-bastra, Mukherjee would go to a close-by river to carry out the Saptami rituals. After returning, he chanted the Chandi (a set of slokas) earlier than the idol.
“This time, the Chandi is being recited by a priest in the absence of my father. Villagers and family invitees are coming regularly to meet us. They are all remembering my father. His absence is being felt,” mentioned Abhijit Mukherjee, son of Pranab Mukherjee and a former lawmaker.
During his keep within the village, Mukherjee would spend time with household and previous buddies, a few of whom went to the Shib Chandra High School at Kirnahar, which is extra generally known as Pranab’s faculty.
The former president was one of many nation’s most admired political leaders.
Villagers at Kirnahar had organised a Maha Mrityunjaya yajna when Mukherjee was hospitalised this summer time.