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Vandalism not new for Adhir: TMC MP

Posted on Feb 08, 03:14PM | IBNS

Kolkata, Feb 8 : Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Sultan Ahmed on Friday slammed Minister of State for Railways Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury for allegedly instigating Congress workers who ransacked the district magistrate's bungalow at Murshidabad district in West Bengal on Thursday.

Ahmed said such an incident 'never happened in Bengal before'.

He said Chowdhury had done 'a lot of vandalism' before this incident.

"This is not new for Adhir Chowdhury. He has done a lot of vandalism before this incident," Ahmed told media.

"I would like to draw the attention of the Prime Minister on the matter. Moreover, the state government should act on it and law should take its own course," he said.

"Such an incident never happened in Bengal before," Ahmed said.

Attacking the Congress over the incident, TMC MP Derek O'Brien on Thursday tweeted: "The party that delivers pious sermons in Jaipur also indulges in mayhem in Murshidabad # Bengal."

The West Bengal Police on Friday reportedly filed a First Information Report (FIR) against Chowdhury for the incident.

The Congress MP, however, refused to apologise for it.

"You are making a mountain out of a molehill. I will not apologise to anyone. If there is anything wrong, the police is free to take action against my workers and me," Chowdhurytold NDTV.

"We went to meet DM but he refused to meet. Our workers got angry. It's the DM's employees who turned violent. I was the one who tried to calm things down," he told CNN-IBN after the incident.

According to reports, hundreds of Congress workers, led by Chowdhury, went on a rampage at the bungalow after the district magistrate refused to meet them when they went to complain about the alleged custodial death of a Congress worker in January.

The workers reportedly broke flower pots, pulled down a sun shed and smashed the windscreen of a vehicle.