Howrah. A team of central leaders of BJP were stopped from entering the village at Dhulagarh, Howrah on Saturday afternoon. After which the team with supporters staged a road blockade, accusing the Mamata Banerjee government of pursuing “appeasement politics”.
The BJP delegation comprising party MPs Jagdambika Pal, Satpal Singh, BJP state president Dilip Ghosh and its national secretary Rahul Sinha along with supporters was stopped at Ekabbarapur Road, about one kilometre away from the spot where communal clashes erupted last week.
The Howrah (Rural) district police officials put up barricades to prevent the BJP leaders and supporters from entering the violence-hit area of Dhulagarh.
“Section 144 has been imposed in the area, hence outsiders are not being allowed to enter. This is to prevent any law and order situation in the area. Currently, the situation has retuned to normal and is peaceful. However, though the locals are allowed to enter their homes inside the village,” said a senior police official.
Angered by it, the BJP delegation along with one thousand odd supporters blocked the road in protest. Alleging that there is no law and order in the state, Pal said the government was following “appeasement politics towards a particular community”.
The national secretary of BJP, Rahul Sinha said that police was working at the instruction of the government and the action was an insult for the party central team.
Sinha said, the BJP team comprised two MPs and a number of state leaders. We were told that Section 144 CrPC has been imposed in the area. If it is so, two of us could be allowed to enter the area,
The BJP state president Dilip Ghosh said the BJP delegation would proceed to Raj Bhavan to submit a memorandum to governor K N Tripathi.
BJP has alleged that the minority wing of the ruling Trinamool Congress has targeted Hindus in the area in Howrah district for their support to the BJP.