Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Arjun Singh sustained head injuries on Sunday allegedly after Police Commissioner Manoj Verma lathicharged at him and his party workers. Singh alleged that Barrackpore Police Commissioner Manoj Verma hit him on his head with a lathi while abusing him.
"I was attacked and my car has been vandalised. People were protesting peacefully. Police Commissioner Manoj Verma lathicharged on my head and abused me verbally. My residence is also being attacked,” he was quoted as saying by ANI.
A senior police officer, however, claimed that stones were being hurled during a clash between two groups at Kankinara and Singh suffered injuries in the melee.
Local sources said that a mob that had blocked a road started pelting stones at the police officers, as soon as they arrived at the spot. The force retaliated and baton charged the gathering to clear the road.
Both Shyamnagar and Kankinara come under the Barrackpore Lok Sabha constituency, of which Singh is the MP.
Several areas, including Bhatpara and Kankinara, in the constituency have been in the grip of violence since Singh won the election on a BJP ticket, having deserted the ruling Trinamool Congress, of which he was an MLA.
Fresh clashes broke out between the supporters of the two parties on Sunday over control of a party office at Shyamnagar, they said.
With PTI Inputs