Dilip Ghosh heckled at hills, supporters beaten up by 'Tamang's men' ; Shah seeks report

5 Oct 2017

State BJP president Dilip Ghosh was today heckled and his supporters beaten up black and blue allegedly by supporters of rebel Gorkha Janmukti Morcha leader and GTA Board of Administrators chairman Binay Tamang at Chowkbazaar of Darjeeling where Ghosh had gone to have meetings with party supporters. Ghosh was also shown black flags and slogans like `Dilip Ghosh go back' were also raised.

The BJP leader had to run away and take refuge at Darjeeling police station where an FIR was registered by the police against the miscreants. While a concerned BJP national president Amit Shah called Ghosh and sought a report from him on the incident, supporters of the party staged demonstrations and dharnas at various places of the state including Central Avenue of the city as well as Bhadreswar in Hooghly, Barasat in North 24 Parganas and Uluberia in Howrah, protesting against the manhandling of the state president. ``These attacks have all been planned in Kolkata. There was no provocation. They were all fuelled and funded by the TMC. Except GJM and Bimal Gurung, all other hill parties are mere extra players who are working on behalf of the TMC. The people of the hills are with the BJP and the GJM and that is why they have become nervous,'' Ghosh said after the attack.

In Kolkata state minister for education and Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee said Ghosh had gone to the hills to incite violence and tension. ``While the hills are coming back to normalcy and peace is prevailing there Ghosh had gone there to create trouble. Where were they when people there were suffering? The people in the hills will not tolerate them,'' Chatterjee said. Goutam Deb, state minister for tourism said: "People  in the hills are disturbed with the provocative statement of Ghosh and that's why Morcha supporters have shown their anger towards  him . Why did BJP came to  Darjeeling now? They should have come earlier when the GJM continued their strike."

Yesterday too the state BJP president faced protests and were shown black flags at Kalimpong. (EOIC)