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Posters warning BJP women of rapes and muders surface in West Midnapore, WB; Police indifferent

West Bengal has literally become a death trap for BJP workers and the issue of massive post-poll violence is yet to be addressed. The deafening silence of the world’s largest democracy towards the post-poll violence in one of its states exposes the hollowness of the term “democracy”.

We have reported on multiple instances of female grass-root level workers of the opposition being molested, assaulted, and killed. Now, posters issuing open threats of raping and then murdering BJP women workers have come up on the streets of Badkala, Kharagpur, West Bengal in broad daylight last week. Such threats are not new in the East Midnapore and West Midnapore districts, but no action has been taken to date by the administration to assure the safety of the state opposition BJP workers.

The BJP leaders of the region have produced samples of such leaflets at the local police station and filed a complaint last Monday. The BJP has claimed that posters with spine-chilling threats of molesting and murdering their women workers have been pinned across Badkala, Karaghpore.

In their written complaint they alleged that women worker Kakoli Ghosh and her husband Ashwini Ghosh were warned against opening their shop with the aid of local police. The shop is the source of livelihood for the poor worker-couple. Kakoli’s name had also appeared in the leaflet with the open threat of rape and murder.

The local BJP leadership has also provided the names of several other women who have come under the radar of the TMC. These include one Nirmal Bera’s wife, Sheela Bera because Nirmal had switched to the BJP from TMC. Another prominent name was Golap Ray Dehri who is a BJP candidate and was invited by the TMC to join them. She had turned down TMC’s invitation, as a penalty of that, her name was listed in the threat poster, alleged the BJP. The Police have not issued any statements on the case as yet and the TMC representatives continue to maintain a convenient silence.

Previously, the TMC was accused of declaring Fatwas against 19 BJP workers in the Mahishda village in West Mednapore’s Keshpur. Bearing the name of “Mahisda Sarva Bharatiya Trinamool Congress” from the 176 and 179 number booths, the Fatwa had enlisted names of 18 BJP workers and the local shopkeepers had been warned against selling their goods to these workers, including the bare minimum necessary commodities like groceries.

The TMC rubbished all charges calling the leaflet fake. Also, the local police registered a complaint against the BJP for spreading distorted rumors against the ruling dispensation. BJP spokesperson Samik Bhattacharya and local leader Tanmoy Ghosh admitted that this was not a new phenomenon in the area and that the TMC had routinely resorted to such “boycotts” in the area.

(Featured Image source: Hindustan Times Bangla)

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