Bengal Post-Poll Violence: Union Minister Claims Attack By Trinamool Goons

Kolkata: Union Minister V Muraleedharan on Thursday alleged that his convoy was attacked by goons belonging to West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) during his visit to the state.

The minister posted a video on Twitter. The accompanying caption read, “TMC goons attacked my convoy in West Midnapore, broken windows, attacked personal staff. Cutting short my trip.”

The minister’s allegation came on the same day the Union Home Ministry deputed a team of top bureaucrats to West Bengal for a fact-finding exercise on the ongoing violence in the state after TMC’s landslide victory in the recent Assembly polls.

The four member team is headed by an official of the additional secretary rank.

“The team left this (Thursday) morning and is likely to begin its work in Kolkata shortly. It has been given 48 hours to come back with a report,” The Indian Express quoted a home ministry official as saying.

Sources said the team will meet top officials of West Bengal police apart from the Chief Secretary and other bureaucrats.

It will also make field visits to some of the places where violence has been reported since Sunday and talk to the affected families, the sources added.

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