Governor slams 'goondaism' in West Bengal
West Bengal Governor MK Narayanan has criticised the recent clashes between ruling Tinamool Congress (TMC) sand Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) workers in the state and said the violent incidents could not be tolerated.
"The last two-three days have been distressing and disturbing...We should not tolerate this kind of violence that is taking place," Narayanan told media here.
"This is not a good political culture. I think some sort of goondaism (hooliganism) is going on here," he said.
The Governor said action has to be taken and police have to be impartial.
"A city like Kolkata and a state like West Bengal cannot accept this and I think action should be taken and will be taken," Narayanan said.
West Bengal witnessed several violent incidents this week when CPI-M and TMC workers clashed with each other.
On Jan 6, CPI-M leader Abdur Rezzak Mollah was attacked and badly injured by a group allegedly led by TMC leader Arabul Islam at Bhangore area in South 24 Parganas district of the state.
Rezzak, who was attacked shortly after noon on Sunday, was hit on the eye, lips, stomach and abdomen, reports said.
He was admitted to a hospital.
The TMC later said the incident was a drama staged by the CPI-M.
Rezzak alleged that he was roughed up by Arabul Islam himself among others.
Rezzak , known for his outspokenness even in criticising his own party leadership, was on way to a party office which was torched by allegedly Trinamool Congress supporters the previous day.
The TMC on the other hand alleged that their party office was torched and CPI-M set on fire its own office to blame it on them.
On Jan 8, several CPI-M activists sustained bullet injuries when clashes broke out at Bhangore between the communists and the ruling Trinamool Congress.
Several vehicles were torched during the clashes which led to hospitalization of at least six CPI-M men, including some with bullet injuries, CPI-M leaders said.
Officials confirmed firing and arson and injuries to several people.
The CPI-M men were injured in the attack at a procession taken out by the communists to protest the attack on senior party leader and former minister Rezzak two days ago.
CPI-M alleged that the attack on them at Bhangore's Bamanghata is again at the instance of Trinamool Congress leader Arabul Islam, a former MLA who earned notoriety for a series of anti social activities blamed on him.