Kolkata: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today tweeted a video of two “tribal women” stripped and beaten up by other women in front of onlookers in West Bengal.
The BJP I-T cell head Amit Malviya, who is also the party’s co-incharge for West Bengal, posted the video of the incident on Twitter and commented: “The horror continues in West Bengal. Two Tribal women were stripped naked, tortured and beaten mercilessly, while police remained a mute spectator in Pakua Hat area of Bamangola Police Station, Malda.” He further claimed that the two women belonged to a socially marginalised community and had a frenzied mob baying for their blood.
Malviya claimed the incident where two tribal women were allegedly stripped naked and tortured took place in West Bengal’s Malda region on July 19, 2023. According to him, this happened in the presence of the police which remained a “mute spectator.
The horror continues in West Bengal. Two Tribal women were stripped naked, tortured and beaten mercilessly, while police remained a mute spectator in Pakua Hat area of Bamangola Police Station, Malda.
The horrific incident took place on the morning of 19th July. The women… pic.twitter.com/tyve54vMmg
— Amit Malviya (@amitmalviya) July 22, 2023
Malviya targeted West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her “inaction”. Mamata also holds the Home Minister’s portfolio in West Bengal.
The Bengal BJP chief Sukanta Majumdar said, “Like other heinous incidents, Didi[Mamata] is silent and not taking any action in her own rule…?”
A Trinamool Congress leader and state minister Shashi Panja though, sought to underplay the issue, dismissing the incident as a case of theft. Panja was quoted by Hindustan Times, stating, “A group of women tried to take law and order into their hands and started beating them. However, the police reached the spot. A case has been registered and police are investigating the matter”.
Yesterday, the BJP alleged that its woman candidate was stripped and paraded naked in Howrah. However, the police denied such claims and the State’s Director General of Police (DGP) Manoj Malviya said in the press conference: “One woman lodged a complaint on email that on July 8 around 11 am, she was forced out of a polling booth and that she was molested and also paraded without clothes. The complaint was received on July 13, before that no (such) complaint was received. The police immediately conducted an inquiry and registered an FIR. After conducting an investigation, we found no evidence that such an incident took place on that day.”
– global bihari bureau