A team of National Investigation Agency (NIA) were attacked in West Bengal’s Bhupatinagar area on Saturday as they went to arrest two TMC workers in connection with a probe of a 2022 blast in East Medinipur district . Two NIA officials sustained injuries in the incident while stones were reportedly pelted and vehicle of the officials was allegedly vandalized as they arrested two TMC workers. Slamming NIA and other agencies, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee questioned Why raids were conducted at midnight and ahead of elections.

A similar incident took place on January 5, which rocked the state, when an Enforcement Directorate officials went to conduct a raid at Trinamool Congress leader Shahjahan Sheikh’s house in Sandeshkhali in North 24 Parganas district and five ED officials were injured.

In a High Court probe, NIA had summoned two residents of Bhupatinagar-Balai Maiti and Manobrata Jana, in connection with the blast that ripped apart a house in Bhupatinagar on December 3, 2022. Three people were killed in the incident. As they did not appear for questioning, NIA officials nabbed them for questioning on Saturday early morning.
Early morning today, after the NIA officials were returning from their house with Jana and Maiti, suddenly they were attacked and then protests started.

Meanwhile, Banerjee lashed at the agency and said, “What right does the NIA have? They are doing all these to support the BJP. We call upon the entire world to fight against this BJP‘s dirty politics.”

Claiming women were tortured by NIA at midnight, Banerjee said from a public rally in Balurghat, “It was NIA that attacked and not women. At midnight NIA officials are barging homes of people and what do you expect, women won’t fight for their dignity? Why my polling agent is arrested? Banerjee sided the women in the villages.

A NIA official said around 50 people had assembled there. It was around 6.30 am and people gheraoed. However he said no one had arms.

Reacting to the incident in Bhupatinagar, Banerjee lashed out, “Why did they raid at midnight? Did they have police permission? Locals reacted in the way they would have if any other stranger had visited the place at midnight. Why are they arresting people right before the elections? What does the BJP think, that they will arrest every booth agent? What right does NIA have? They are doing all these to support the BJP. We call upon the entire world to fight against this BJP’s dirty politics.”
She questioned the role of NIA. “They are supporting only BJP. ED and IT are fund box of BJP. All vote managers are getting arrested. We will raise our protest everywhere,” Banerjee said. Police sources said the NIA officers reached the village before forces arrived.
Banerjee urged the Trinamool leaders to prepare themselves ahead of elections. “We will urge second tier TMC workers to get ready as alternative as and first tier leaders get arrested. Women can also sit in the booths as agents.

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