The recent attack on the Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials in West Bengal has sparked a political uproar, with the Congress party demanding President’s rule in the state. The Congress leaders accused the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) of orchestrating the violence and shielding the culprits involved in the coal scam case.
The ED team was in West Bengal to conduct raids on the premises of some TMC leaders and businessmen allegedly linked to the coal scam. However, they faced stiff resistance from the local people, who pelted stones and hurled abuses at them. The ED officials had to seek police protection to escape the mob fury.
A team of Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials faced an attack from a mob of Trinamool Congress (TMC) supporters. The ED team had gone to raid the house of TMC leader Shahjahan Sheikh in North 24 Parganas district, as part of their investigation into the ration distribution scam. However, as soon as they reached the spot, they were met with fierce resistance from the locals, who allegedly assaulted the officials and damaged their vehicles. The ED officials had to retreat from the scene to save their lives.
The Congress party condemned the incident and said that it exposed the lawlessness and anarchy prevailing in West Bengal under the TMC regime. The party also alleged that the TMC was trying to intimidate and hamper the investigation of the central agencies. The Congress demanded that the Centre should impose President’s rule in the state to restore law and order and ensure a fair probe.
The TMC, on the other hand, dismissed the allegations and claimed that the ED raids were politically motivated and aimed at maligning the image of the state government. The TMC also accused the Congress of being hand in glove with the BJP and playing into their hands. The TMC said that the people of West Bengal would not tolerate any interference in their affairs and would give a befitting reply to the conspirators in the upcoming assembly elections.