Purba Medinipur (West Bengal) [India]: West Bengal Assembly’s Leader of Opposition Suvendu Adhikari on Sunday (June 12), was stopped by the State Police in the Radhamani area in Purba Medinipur’s Kolaghat when he was on the way to violence-hit Howrah.
In a conversation with reporters right after the incident, he said, “Let me go to Kolkata…I have two programs to attend.”
Earlier in the day, the police had written to the BJP leader asking him not to visit the district as a curfew was imposed due to violence during the protest on Friday.
Adhikari, however, claimed that he was moving towards Kolaghat to have lunch. He also said that he wonders why the state police are using the police personnel to obstruct the BJP leadership when the need of the hour is to deploy them across the state “where rioters are having a free run destroying and looting public and private properties”.
“I have been unlawfully obstructed by@WBPolice on NH 116 at Radhamoni under Tamluk PS. @MedinipurSp is there a Curfew in place in Purba Medinipur District or Section 144 has been imposed? I am moving towards Kolaghat for having lunch. How is it prohibited?” he asked in a tweet.
In West Bengal’s Howrah district, Section 144 of CrPc has been clamped in some areas and internet services suspended following violent protests over remarks on Mohammad’s life by the suspended BJP spokesperson, police said on Friday.
On Saturday, protests in Murshidabad took a violent turn, with protesters hurling bricks at cops when they tried to disperse the crowd near NH-34. The West Bengal police resorted to lathi-charge and firing tear gas shells to disperse the crowd. Few cops were injured in the stone-pelting. (ANI)