There are reports of violent protests in Kolkata following the arrest of Trinamool Congress MP Sudip Bandyopadhyaya, for his alleged involvement in Rs 60,000 Cr Rose Valley ponzi scam.
Local TV channels showed a bunch of TMC supporters pelting stones and trying to ransack the BJP’s state unit in central Kolkata. A few BJP workers reportedly sustained injuries in the stone-pelting.
The protests came shortly after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the arrest was an attempt by the Centre to terrorise the Opposition.
yay was questioned by the CBI today and was later taken into custody.
Hours after his arrest, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah. “PM Modi and Amit Shah should be arrested. PM does not understand Indian politics. If they think that after the arrest we won’t protest, they are wrong. Will take the legal battle forward, will seek justice from the court,” she said.
In December, another TMC MP, Tapa Paul was also arrested for his purported involvement in the chit fund. If news reports are to be believed, this scam is said to be on a larger scale in terms of money siphoned off than the Sharada scam, which lead to some key members of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Cabinet resigning.