Union Minister of State for Urban Development and senior West Bengal Congress leader Deepa Dasmunsi was not allowed to visit Houlia More at Tehatta on Friday by the Nadia district administration after one person died in police firing earlier this week.
“It is a deliberate attempt by the Trinamool Congress to suppress the truth and is a reflection of total politicisation of the administration,” Ms. Dasmunsi told The Hindu after she was not allowed to visit the violence-affected area. She, along with Congress MP from Jangipur Abhijit Mukherjee and other leaders of the State Congress, were stopped by the District Magistrate and the Superintendent of Police about 35 km from the place where the police firing occurred on Wednesday.
An altercation ensued between the Congress delegation and district officials as Ms. Dasmunsi demanded an explanation why she could not proceed when the administration was claiming that the situation was under control.
“It was a people’s agitation and the administration had failed to control it. As representatives of the people, it would have helped if it [the administration] allowed at least four or five persons to go there,” she said. The officials handed a document to the Congress delegation stating that prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC were in force within 1,000 metres from site of violence.