Kolkata: The bomb attack on West Bengal Labour Minister Jakir Hossain was part of a conspiracy because “some people were pressuring” him to join their party, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said today, comparing it to the assassination of Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh in the 1990s. She also held Indian Railways responsible for the incident since it took place on the transporters’ premises.
Minister Hossain suffered injuries yesterday after unidentified persons hurled crude bombs at him while he was walking towards Nimtita Railway station in Murshidabad to board the train for Kolkata. He received injuries in one hand and a leg but his condition was said to be stable and out of danger, according to a doctor.
“Jakir Hossain is a big businessman…runs a huge beeri factory. It was a planned attack going by eyewitness accounts,” Ms Banerjee said. “It was a fearful blast. I am shocked. It’s like the Beant Singh blast.”
The Chief Minister said that her government will not allow the suppression of the case. “This is hooliganism, not politics,” she added.
Investigations were underway at the railway station with West Bengal CID taking over the case.
“Around 26 of our people, including Jakir Hossain, were injured. Fourteen of them serious. Police investigation is on. The CM has said that CID, STF, and CIF have joined in. I hope Railways will help them. On behalf of the party, we want that culprits be arrested and brought to court,” said West Bengal Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim.
The attack comes during the run up to the state assembly polls scheduled for March-April, with the BJP keenly looking to replace Ms Banerjee’s Trinamool government.