Birbhum violence: BJP's fact finding team detained by police

The West Bengal police, Thursday, prevented a central fact finding team of BJP from visiting Makra village in Birbhum district where three persons were killed and as many injured in clashes between Trinamool Congress and BJP supporters last week.

Last Updated: Oct 30, 2014, 13:41 PM IST

Kolkata: The West Bengal police, Thursday, prevented a central fact finding team of BJP from visiting Makra village in Birbhum district where three persons were killed and as many injured in clashes between Trinamool Congress and BJP supporters last week.

The delegation comprising Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and MPs Kirti Azad and Udit Raj, accompanied by state party president Rahul Sinha were on their way to the village to meet the victims when the police detained them citing prohibitory orders under Sec 144.

Reports said that Naqvi was injured after police resorted to mild lathicharge to dispel BJP supporters who were trying to break the barrier.

Speaking to a new channel, delegation member Kirti Azad said, ”All we wanted to do was to meet the local people who were terrorized by the local administration and the Trinamool Congress.”

West Bengal BJP president Rahul Sinha said, “The police said they will not let us enter (the village). The Trinamool Congress has looted the village, they feared we will see the truth...this is against democracy. We will raise our voice all across Bengal. This agitation will go on.”The fact finding team was sent to Birbhum by BJP president and asked to submit a full report about the violence to the leadership.

The BJP has demanded that the state government should award compensation of Rs 10 lakh each to the kin of those killed and Rs 2 lakh each to the family of those injured.