The West Bengal Police on Thursday lodged a case over the alleged attack on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee after Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Shiekh Sufian filed a complaint. "We have received a complaint from Mr Sufiyan. Our investigation is already underway and we are collecting evidence," a police officer informed.
Mamata sustained injuries in her leg and waist after she was allegedly 'pushed by four to five people' in Nandigram hours after she filed her nomination for the assembly elections on Wednesday evening.
She is currently admitted to the state-run SSKM Hospital in Kolkata under observation for 48 hours according to doctors.
Earlier in the day, district magistrate Vibhu Goel, superintendent of police Praween Prakash and other officers visited Nandigram's Birulia Bazar area where the incident took place. The officers spoke to eye-witnesses and checked for any CCTVs installed in the area to find out the exact sequence of events.
The case was lodged under sections 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint) and 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), a senior police officer of the Purba Medinipur district was quoted as saying.
Meanwhile, Mamata's arch-rival Bharatiya Janata Party has alleged that the TMC supremo is trying to give “simple accident” the shape of a pre-planned conspiracy."
The saffron party's national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya said, "It can happen that she met with an accident but to claim that she was deliberately pushed is not acceptable. She has a lot of security personnel guarding her round the clock."