India: Union minister Babul Supriyo's home attacked in Kolkata
While policemen put up barricades and guard rails outside the main gate of the building, the Trinamool Congress supporters outnumbered the police officials present there. Photograph: (AFP)
A day after Trinamool Congress MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay was arrested by India's Central Bureau of Investigation on charges of money laundering in connection with the Rose Valley Chit Fund scam, ruling Trinamool Congress cadres allegedly attacked union minister Babul Supriyo’s house in West Bengal's Kolkata.
Trinamool Congress supporters put up a demonstration outside the main gate of Supriyo’s house in central Kolkata’s Kailash Bose Street, where his parents reside. The party supporters even clashed with the police when they were prevented from entering.
While policemen put up barricades and guard rails outside the main gate of the building, the Trinamool Congress supporters outnumbered the police officials present there. Party supporters were seen pushing the guard rails and trying to enter the building and raising slogans.
Bohu BJP r bhaiyera amar baarite te jete chaichhe kintu jokhon shara rajjye BJP kormi ra akranto tokhon sharthopor er moto haan ki kore boli pic.twitter.com/fwjKs8kbud— Babul Supriyo (@SuPriyoBabul) January 4, 2017
Reacting to the demonstration put up by Trinamool Congress supporters outside his house in Kolkata, Supriyo took to Twitter and wrote, “TMC goons trying to break open the gate of my apartment in Kailash Bose Street where my Mum, Dad are staying. What a shame.”
He added, “Didi is saying that she has enough evidence about my involvement in the Rose Valley Scam. I am requesting her to provide all documents to the CBI. Now, they are targeting me and Trinamool Congress party supporters have attacked my house. What are the police doing there? Aren’t they responsible for providing security to all those residing in that building including my parents.”
Earlier in the day, a Trinamool Congress delegation met the governor of West Bengal, Keshari Nath Tripathi and demanded Supriyo's immediate arrest.
A day ago, clashes erupted between Trinamool Congress and Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters at the BJP headquarters in Kolkata. BJP leaders claimed that Trinamool Congress supporters attacked their party office and as many as 12 people were left seriously injured.
(This article first appeared in DNA)