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Dilip Ghosh convoy waylaid, attacked in Cooch Behar's Mathabhanga

Ghosh was in the north Bengal district in connection with the BJP’s rath yatra, now blocked by the high court, slated for Friday

By Our Bureau in Cooch Behar

  • Published 7.12.18, 3:05 AM
  • Updated 7.12.18, 3:05 AM
A BJP leader, Bappa Chatterjee, injured in the attack.
A BJP leader, Bappa Chatterjee, injured in the attack. Main Uddin Chisti

Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh’s convoy, including the car he was in, was attacked in Cooch Behar’s Mathabhanga on Thursday.

Ghosh was in the north Bengal district in connection with the party’s rath yatra, now blocked by the high court, slated for Friday.

“While we were heading to (social reformer) Thakur Panchanan Barma’s birthplace, our convoy, including my car, was attacked and windowpanes smashed by Trinamul goons in the presence of police, who were mere spectators,” Ghosh said.

He claimed this was the ninth attack on him in recent months. “People will give a befitting reply in the 2019 Lok Sabha and the 2021 Assembly polls, uprooting Mamata Banerjee’s party from power.”

Bappa Chatterjee, a BJP youth wing leader who was in the convoy, was allegedly beaten up and admitted to hospital with a head injury.

Trinamul district president and minister Rabindra Nath Ghosh blamed the incident on the BJP’s “infighting”. “There are three factions in the BJP, led by Rahul Sinha, Dilip Ghosh and Mukul Roy. The infighting led to the incident and we have no role in it,” Ghosh said. 

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