Bengal mob violence: Mamata alleges BJP, section of media ‘maligning’ State

The TMC supremo claimed that some TV channels are working in a biased manner favouring the BJP due to fear of CBI-ED raids

Published - July 11, 2024 05:54 pm IST - Kolkata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee speaks to the media at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, in Kolkata on July 11, 2024.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee speaks to the media at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, in Kolkata on July 11, 2024. | Photo Credit: PTI

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on July 11 blamed the BJP and a section of the media for maligning the State over the recent incident of mob assault in Ariadaha in North 24 Parganas district.

While speaking to reporters at the Kolkata airport, Ms. Banerjee said a two-year-old incident, a video clip of which had gone viral, happened when Arjun Singh was BJP MP of Barrackpore Lok Sabha constituency.

She accused a section of the TV channels of showing the old incident repeatedly ahead of Wednesday's by-elections at the behest of the BJP.

"A section of the media and BJP are trying to malign the State as part of their damage control for the defeat that BJP has suffered in Bengal. The scandal that they ran doesn't align with Bengal's values. They presented a one-sided news item about an incident of 2021 continuously for 72 hours," she said.

The TMC supremo claimed that some TV channels are working in a biased manner favouring the BJP due to fear of CBI-ED raids.

"Some news channels are misleading people. They have become BJP mouthpieces. If the media wants to cross-check, there are people at the state secretariat. They can cross-check something with the police to find the actual situation. Even when the police are providing some information, it is not being reported," she said.

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“This cannot continue for so long. I am requesting them not to do this. If requests don’t work, I will take legal steps," Ms. Banerjee said.

She named a couple of TV channels which allegedly operate in a biased manner, contending that she does not want to identify other such media houses as it would provide them "unnecessary publicity".

After the old video clip showing a girl being assaulted by a group of people in Ariadaha, the police initiated a suo motu case and arrested three persons, including local TMC leader and prime suspect Jayant Singh.

Mr. Singh, who was arrested in 2023 in another case and was out on bail with a bond promising no further illegal activities, is now facing additional charges for violating this condition.

Barrackpore Police Commissioner C.P. Alok Rajoria on Wednesday stated that eight persons have been identified from the footage, and stringent action will be taken against all those involved.

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