Kolkata: A day after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s alleged “attack” during her Nandigram nomination filing, Police in its preliminary findings submitted to the Election Commission on Thursday called it “an accident” while dismissing her claims of being “attacked”. The incident was “not an attack”, says the report.
The report claims to have arrived at its conclusion via video footage and accounts of local police and eyewitnesses, including Trinamool Congress members. It says the chief minister was hurt when her car, while maneuvering through a crowded bazaar area, hit a small iron pillar.
The 66-year-old TMC chief, who enjoys a Z+ security cover (highest level), was waving at people with her car door open. She hurt her feet as the car door was slammed shut after hitting the pillar on the narrow street, the report read.
However, Banerjee had alleged on Wednesday evening that she was attacked by four-five men who pushed her, and banged on the door of her car, causing injuries to her. The BJP had dismissed the episode as “drama” and accused Mamata of pulling a stunt in sheer desperation after realising that she could lose the election.
Upon being asked if it was a planned attack, she said, “Of course it is a conspiracy… there were no policemen around me”. The CM was immediately taken to a hospital in Kolkata, 130 km away, after the incident.
The Nandigram incident came hours after the state DGP was moved out on the orders of the EC, and a was successor sent in. The TMC has described the series of events, from the DGP’s removal to the Nandigram episode, as part of a “well-thought-out plan”.
A TMC delegation led by Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien has filed a complaint with the EC, calling the incident a “deep-rooted conspiracy” to kill Banerjee.
Meanwhile, Purba Medinipur district police has registered a case in the matter following a complaint lodged by TMC leader Sheikh Sufian. The FIR invokes IPC sections 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint) and 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) against unknown persons.
As per reports, the EC has ordered a high-level investigation into the incident.