KOLKATA: Union Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan's car was vandalised at Panchkuri village in West Midnapore district on Thursday while he was visiting the area in connection with alleged post-poll violence on saffron party workers.
Muraleedharan alleged in a tweet that the "TMC goons" were behind the attack on his convoy.
"I went to West Midnapore to meet party workers who have been attacked and their homes were vandalised. I was moving from one house to another with my convoy and then all of a sudden a group of people started charging towards us and attacked," Muraleedharan said.
"I am safe, but my driver was injured, few car windows were also smashed," the minister told PTI.
BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha who was accompanying the minister claimed that the attack took place despite the presence of the police personnel.
TMC goons attacked my convoy in West Midnapore, broken windows, attacked personal staff. Cutting short my trip. #BengalBurning @BJP4Bengal @BJP4India @narendramodi @JPNadda @AmitShah @DilipGhoshBJP @RahulSinhaBJP pic.twitter.com/b0HKhhx0L1— V Muraleedharan (@VMBJP) May 6, 2021
An officer of Kotwali police station in West Midnapore said that they are probing into the incident of the attack on the minister's convoy.
"It happened at around 12. 30 pm today when some unidentified people attacked the minister's convoy," he said.
No one has been detained or arrested so far, the police officer said.
BJP president JP Nadda on Thursday condemned the attack and claimed that "TMC-sponsored" violence was in full swing in state after the assembly poll results were declared.
Condemning the attack, Nadda alleged that law and order has completely collapsed in West Bengal.
"If an Union minister can be attacked then what would be the condition of common man?" he posed.
"TMC-sponsored violence is in full swing in West Bengal after assembly elections in the state," the BJP president alleged.
He also claimed, "Murderous attacks on BJP workers, rapes happening in West Bengal and people in thousands are fleeing to save lives.