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Nadda convoy attack: MHA summons 2 top Bengal officers; Governor’s ‘don’t play with fire’ warning to Mamata


The BJP chief’s convoy was allegedly attacked with bricks and stone near Kolkata on Thursday afternoon when it was on its way to Diamond Harbour in South 24 Parganas district.

Key Highlights
Dhankhar said that law and order in West Bengal is worsening every passing day
The governor submitted a report on law and order in the state, sought by Home Minister Amit Shah
The MHA summoned West Bengal Chief Secretary and Director General of Police on December 14


West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Friday came down heavily upon Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over her comment on an attack on BJP chief JP Nadda’s convoy and asked her to apologise for it, warning that she should not “play with fire”.
The BJP chief’s convoy was allegedly attacked with bricks and stone near Kolkata on Thursday afternoon when it was on its way to Diamond Harbour in South 24 Parganas district to address a meeting of party workers.
Dhankhar, known for his bitter relationship with the state government, deplored yesterday’s incident and called it a “slur on democratic fabric“.
“The Chief Minister has to follow the Constitution. She cannot depart for its paths.  The law and order situation in the state has been continuously worsening for long. The events that happened yesterday are most unfortunate,” he said.
Dhankhar further said that law and order in West Bengal is worsening every passing day and alleged that violators of law have the protection of police and administration in the state.
Dhankar submits report on law and order to MHA
Earlier today, the governor submitted a report on law and order in the state, sought by Home Minister Amit Shah shortly after the attack on Nadda’s convoy.
“I have sent a report to the Central government about the extremely disturbing developments that do not augur well for democratic values. Its contents cannot be shared on account of propriety,” Dhankhar said.
MHA summons 2 top officers of Bengal
Hours after receiving the report, the Union Home Ministry summoned West Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay and Director General of Police (DGP) Virendra on December 14.
The ministry is expected to ask the two top-most civil and police officers of West Bengal to explain the law and order situation and the steps taken to prevent political violence and other crimes in the state.
Banerjee on Thursday alleged that the incident of attack on the BJP president’s convoy in the state is a “drama” to divert attention from lack of attendance in his rally.
The TMC chief asked how Nadda’s car could be attacked when BJP leaders are protected by central security forces like the CISF, CRPF or the BSF, wondering if the attack could be planned.
“They (BJP) has no other work. At times Home Minister is here, other times its Chaddha, Nadda, Fadda, Bhaddha is here. When they have no audience, they call their workers for doing nautanki,” she had said.

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