Kalyani: BJP’s Ranaghat MP Jagannath Sarkar escaped an attempt on life on Saturday night as unidentified miscreants allegedly hurled bomb targeting his vehicle when he was returning home after watching the movie “Kashmir Files” at a multiplex in Nadia’s Kalyani town.
Police and BJP party sources said that a crude bomb hurled by the miscreants fell a few feet ahead of the MP’s Mahindra Scorpio when it was crossing through Simultala area near the AIIMS on Kalyani town-NH12 link road.
The security cover to the BJP MP provided by the centre was withdrawn in last week. Since then Sarkar mostly moving without any security. Prior to this the state government had also withdrawn the security support and a pilot that used escort him throughout the day. Even on Saturday night no escort of state police was there with the MP during the alleged bomb attack.
Sarkar said, “The bomb fell barely a meter ahead of my car…it luckily missed my car narrowly. It was clear attack on me”. Shocked about the sudden attack, the MP called Superintendent of Police, Ranaghat police district, who along with other senior officials rushed to the spot and began a probe.
The MP was later escorted to Haringhata police station where he lodged s complaint against unidentified miscreants. Till late on the night, no person could be arrested in connection with the incident.
Sarkar, a day ago announced on the social media platforms that he would watch the movie “Kashmir Files’ along with a group of party workers at the Sangam multiplex in Kalyani. Accordingly after watching the movie in the evening show, the MP left Kalyani for his Phulia based home.
“The miscreants were aware of my movement and tried to kill me. It is clear who conspired the attack”, Sarkar alleged indicating role of the ruling party behind the alleged attack.
The Nadia Trinamul leadership, however, rubbished the allegation. A senior leader of the party’s Nadia North unit said, “It appears to be staged attack only to get back the security cover, which was actually withdrawn by the centre owing to BJP’s infighting. Jagannath is not at all any remarkable leader and a threat to his life has no logic at least due to political reason”.