Clashes has been reported in Barackpore after bandh was called by BJP against the TMC. The BJP on Monday called for a 12-hour bandh against the TMC after BJP MP Arjun Singh was attacked on Sunday. In the clash that broke out, bombs were hurled dand scuffles broke out between police and BJP workers at Lakuthi and on Barrackpore-Barasat Road. Protesters in the location tried to forcibly cross barricades. Shops and other business establishments remained closed during the day, causing inconvenience to people.
The West Bengal governor went to meet the injured BJP MP on Monday. After the meeting governor Jagdeep Dhankar said: "I was in Delhi. I cut short my visit to meet Arjun Singh this morning as there has been a serious incident. I am worried at the moment. I will talk to the concerned people. State of West Bengal must be in path of progress. Holding my position I believe we must be in the path of rule of law. We must avoid violence, I am in pain looking at the violence. I am in pain when something happens to lawyers journalist teachers. We must see that everyone works in a decorus manner."
BJP MP Arjun Singh suffered head injuries on Sunday when police allegedly indulged in baton charge at Kankinara in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district to lift a road blockade by a group of persons. Singh claimed Barrackpore police commissioner Manoj Verma struck him, causing a gash on his head. The MP, wearing a blood-soaked shirt and a bandage on head, said that Verma led a police contingent which attacked a "peaceful" protest by the BJP over the capture of its party office at Shyamnagar. A senior police officer, however, claimed that stones were being hurled during a clash between two groups at Kankinara and Singh suffered injuries in the melee. Local sources said that a mob that had blocked a road started pelting stones at the police officers, as soon as they arrived at the spot.
West Bengal Food and Supplies minister Jyotipriya Mallick asserted that it was the saffron party which had forcibly taken over the TMC's party offices in Barrackpore."Arjun Singh should remember what his people had done to take over our party offices. Even Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had caught the BJP workers red-handed while they painting a TMC office in saffron colour," he added. According to a senior officer at Barrackpore Police Commissionerate, some BJP workers and policemen were injured in the melee.
On Friday, the Bengal BJP alleged attack on its chief by the Mamata Banerjee led TMC. As the Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh was on his daily routine morning walk on Friday, he alleges that he was attacked by TMC goons. Informing about the incident sources who spoke to the people acompanying the BJP chief said that there were around 100 people who surrounded Ghosh and chanted slogans of 'Go back Dilip Ghosh'. They allegedly attacked the leader and threatened him. the incident took place in Kolkata Lake Town where Ghosh goes every day for his routine morning walk sessions.
The state of West Bengal has been with marred with violence due to rivalry between the ruling TMC and the BJP that is giving tough competition to Mamata Banerjee's party. The BJP, in the general election this year, bagged 18 of the 42 seats in the state, four less than the ruling TMC. The TMC's tally came down from 34 in 2014 to 22 seats. The saffron party bagged all Lok Sabha constituencies in Coochbehar, North and South Dinajpur, Bankura, Purulia, Alipurduar and Jhargram districts.