The TMC on Friday lashed out atthe Uttar Pradesh government for unleashing “jungle raj” inthe northern state, after its four-member delegation wasstopped from meeting the family members of Hathras gang-rapevictim.
The BJP unit of West Bengal, however, asked the TMC tostop “politicising the death” and take a look at its own trackrecord when it came to tackling crimes against women.
A statement issued by the party said the delegation,led by the partys Rajya Sabha MP Derek O Brien, wanted tomeet the family members of the 19-year-old Dalit woman, andexpress their solidarity with her grieving parents.
Dr Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Pratima Mondal and MamataThakur, all parliamentarians, were the three other members ofthe delegation.
Condemning the incident, TMC secretary-general ParthaChatterjee claimed that the Yogi Adityanath government has letloose a reign of terror and “crossed all limits of decency”.
“Is it a democracy? MPs are being heckled and pushedto ground. How come police officers have this audacity toheckle members of Parliament? The state government, which hasfailed to protect to a Dalit girl and is busy hushing up thematter, is now using brute force against opposition,” he said.
Television visuals showed OBrien, dressed in white,being pushed to the ground when he tried to move ahead,despite being told not to do so by the police.
“Those who tried to project themselves as champions ofBeti Bachao (campaign) are now trying to intimidate thefamily members of the girl. A jungle raj prevails in UttarPradesh. Its a shame,” he said.
Senior TMC leader Sougata Roy said the UP governmentwas trying to “hide the truth”.
“The Yogi Adityanath government is trying to hide thetruth, which is why it is stopping the media and theopposition party leaders from meeting the family members. OurMPs were unarmed and they just wanted to meet the family, whatis wrong in it? They so afraid that they had to issueprohibitory orders… We condemn it,” Roy said.
The partys official Twitter handle said its MPs arestaging a “dharna around a kilometre away from victims home,after being manhandled and roughed up by the UP police”.
State BJP president Dilip Ghosh, however, slammed theTMC for trying to “politicise” the issue.
“The TMC should stop this drama. What is its trackrecord in dealing with crimes against women? They (TMCleaders) should first look at their own track record and thenlecture others. The UP government has taken action to dealwith the situation,” he said.
Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadraand around 150 of their party workers were briefly detained inGreater Noida on Thursday for alleged violation of prohibitoryorders while walking towards Hathras to meet the family.
The 19-year-old was allegedly raped by four upper-caste men in Hathras on September 14. She was referred to theSafdarjung hospital in Delhi on Monday with spinal cordinjuries, paralysis and cuts in her tongue.
She died around 3 am on Tuesday.
Her subsequent cremation in the dead of night atHathras, allegedly under police pressure, has led to anoutrage over the law and order situation in UP.
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