Senior BJP leader and former Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Friday described the situation in West Bengal as one of “utter lawlessness” where the writ of only Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her party prevails.
Convenor of a five-member BJP fact-finding team that is touring the Panchayat poll violence-hit area of the state, Prasad was speaking to the media after meeting members of violence-affected families in the Northern Bengal district of Coochbehar.
“There is utter lawlessness (in the) state where only Mamta ji’s and her party’s writ prevails,” he said.
Talking to the media after visiting , Prasad said he met two wounded BJP activists who were badly beaten up and their family members are also being threatened and tortured.
“What is unfortunate is that two members of the family are admitted at
the ICU of a hospital and the other members are being threatened,” he said.
He said the team spoke to the district police superintendent to ensure their safety.
The BJP team, which arrived in the state on Wednesday, earlier visited the North 24 Parganas and South 24 Parganas districts.
The former Union minister said they visited several violence-affected areas and “took note of a few things”.
“We went inside the house of a few candidates, who were attacked. We met a 13-year-old boy, who had sustained a deep cut. Women are living in fear and CCTV cameras have been damaged,” he said.
Some BJP activists who sustained bullet wounds were also present at the media meet. Prasad urged the journalists to expose how the state is being run by the Mamata Banerjee government.
The fact-finding team would submit its report to BJP’s National President Jagat Prasad Nadda.