Fresh clash breaks out in Sandishakhli, Kolkata after TMC releases new sting video

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) released a new video late on Saturday night in which Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) mandal president Gangadhar Koil from Sandeshkahili in North 24 Parganas can be seen allegedly saying, They will need at least 50 pistols. and 600 cartridges to maintain unrest in about 50 booths, which are under its jurisdiction, ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

A clash broke out between TMC and BJP workers in Sandishakhli on Sunday.  (ANI)
A clash broke out between TMC and BJP workers in Sandishakhli on Sunday. (ANI)

Meanwhile, fresh violence broke out in Sandishakhli on Sunday with BJP workers, mostly women, attacking TMC workers, accusing them of making fake videos. Sandishakhli police station was also cordoned off.

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Koel was first seen in an alleged sting video released by the TMC on May 4 in which he claimed that the Sandishakhli riots were orchestrated by the BJP and that the party had targeted TMC leaders. Village women were paid to file fake rape complaints to get arrested.

“Thirty pistols for Kurakti and 20 pistols for Manipur (names of villages in Sandishkhali Block II) will be enough. Those who will handle them are trained. There are no such trained men in Sandishkhali village. We need bombs. No need. There will be 12 cartridges for each pistol,” Coyle was seen saying in a recent video released by TMC on Saturday.

In the 46-minute video uploaded by TMC spokesperson Riju Dutta on X, Koel can be seen allegedly sharing details of the quantity of alcohol and the funds required for the elections.

“It will cost. 2.5 lakh for 50 booths (to arrange liquor) 5,000 for each booth. About 30 percent of women and 70 percent of men drink alcohol. This is the minimum requirement,” he added.

Sandishakhli hit the headlines in February when village women staged violent protests demanding the arrest of TMC stalwart Shahjahan and his associates on charges of sexual assault and land grabbing. Shahjahan was arrested on February 29 on the orders of the Calcutta High Court. He was later handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

However, on May 4, the alleged sting video was released in which Coyle was allegedly seen saying that there was no rape and that women were paid to file false sexual assault complaints.

“At least 72 women have received a one-time payment,” he claimed in the latest video released on Saturday. He had made this claim before. Two thousand rupees were paid to the women.

Koil has already filed a complaint with the CBI alleging that the video was tampered with and has demanded a CBI probe.

The BJP on Friday shared a video on X in which a woman featured in the sting video alleged that she was threatened to make a statement and that the sting video was intimidated.

Although HT has seen all the videos, it could not independently ascertain their authenticity.

On Sunday, fresh violence erupted in Sandishakhli with BJP workers, mostly women, led by the party's Bashirhat Lok Sabha candidate Rekha Patra assaulting a TMC activist Dilip Malik and the Sandishakhli police. Protested outside the station.

Malik was beaten up by BJP women workers and had his shirt torn in the presence of TMC MLA Sukumar Mehto of Sandishakhli. A few other TMC workers who tried to save the country were also chased and beaten with sticks.

“After the arrest of Shahjahan and his associates, Malik and his associates filled the gap. They have no respect for women. These TMC leaders are making fake videos to defame us. If they If women are touched, women also have the right to strike back,” Patra told reporters.

“BJP is a formidable party, and its Bashirhat candidate Rekha Patra is causing massive trouble in Sandishakhli. TMC is being attacked. Violence is going on under their leadership. This is Modi's guarantee. “If Modi can threaten women in his speech, such things are happening at his behest,” said state minister Shashi Panja.

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