Cong delegation stopped at Birbhum

Cong delegation stopped at Birbhum

Two days after the West Bengal Police prevented a delegation of BJP leaders from Delhi from entering the trouble-torn villages of Birbhum, a Congress delegation led by state president Adhir Chowdhury faced similar resistance.

Sources on the ground said a scuffle ensued between the policemen and Congress workers, but no one was injured.

The Congress, which is largely out of the political process in Bengal, decided to make its presence felt with Chowdhury’s visit to the villages of Parui, Makhra and Chowmandalpur on Saturday.

The police, however, refused to let him in as Section 144 has been clamped on the area. Sources said Chowdhury and other Congress leaders heading the delegation were whisked away from the spot after the scuffle between cops and Congress workers in Makhra.

Chowdhury later told reporters that protests by his party would continue till it received a satisfactory answer from the administration. According to a late PTI report on Saturday, the West Bengal government announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the family of each of those killed in the political clash at Makra village in Birbhum district on October 27.

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