They tried to Kill me as I voted BJP: Tales of Bengal Violence in Assam Refugee Camps

  • | Friday | 7th May, 2021

According to Dhubri district authorities, more than 2,000 victims of the political violence in Bengal have entered Assam. 

With a small piece of white cotton cloth draped around him and a little haystack in his hands, Meghu Das says the ghost of the fiercely fought Bengal elections has been haunting him since the results came out on May 2. Presently, the 40-year-old is lodged at a refugee shelter in Assam’s Dhubri district. Das, who hails from Jhaukuti village under Tufanganj constituency in West Bengal’s Cooch Behar district, has been observing Hindu death rituals after his mother passed away six days ago due to Covid.

BJP leaders and supporters in Bengal have been alleging that many party workers have been killed, raped, assaulted brutally, and their houses set on fire across the state in post-poll violence. They have accused TMC cadres of carrying out the attacks and alleged that police were not doing anything to provide them protection. After taking oath as chief minister for a third term on Wednesday following a sweeping election victory for her party, Trinamool Congress chairperson Mamata Banerjee promised to monitor the law and order situation in the state. But she later accused the BJP of trying to create communal tension, especially in areas where it has won.

In a tweet on May 4, Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that 300-400 workers of Bengal BJP had crossed over to Dhubri in Assam after being confronted with brazen persecution and violence. He said that Assam was giving shelter and food to the victims. He urged Mamata Banerjee to stop the “ugly dance of democracy".


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