West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, on Friday said the fear he saw in the eyes of people who allegedly fled from north Bengal and took shelter in Assam to escape post-poll violence could not be ‘described in words.’ There is lawlessness in Bengal’ “These people are so terrified that they told me they might be attacked again because I met them. I cannot imagine they are living in such fear. They are facing political vendetta because they opposed the ruling party in Bengal. I am alerting the government through the media. I will interact with the Chief Minister,” Dhankhar said in Siliguri after returning from Assam.
There is lawlessness in Bengal- West Bengal Governor
Dhankhar visited Assam’s Dhubri district and interacted with Bengal residents who fled their homes following post-poll violence allegedly perpetrated by Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers. He met inmates of a relief camp in the Ranpagli area and expressed shock and grief at their plight. He assured that efforts would be made so that they could return to their homes soon.
If they wish to go back we will facilitate their return
“The governor interacted with the affected people for nearly an hour and inquired about their condition. At present we have 176 persons at Ranpagli and nearly 30 more at another camp in the district. While some returned to Bengal, these people are afraid to go back as their houses had been allegedly burnt. We are providing them food and other basic necessities. They can stay in Assam as long as they desire. If they wish to go back we will facilitate their return,” said Dhubri superintendent of police Anand Mishra.
North Bengal happens to be a BJP stronghold although it bagged only 77 assembly seats against the TMC’s 213 in the recent polls. In the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the saffron camp bagged seven of the north Bengal region’s eight seats. In the assembly polls, the BJP won 30 of the region’s 54 seats.