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BJP seeks legal action against Mamata nephew for 'gouging eyes' remark

Kolkata: The Bharatiya Janata Party will on Wednesday move the Calcutta High Court, seeking immediate legal action against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's nephew Abhishek Banerjee, who threatened to "gouge out eyes and chop off hands" of his party opponents. The BJP had on Tuesday filed a police complaint against the Trinamool Congress MP for making the aggressive remarks while addressing a party rally in Basirhat in North 24-Parganas on Monday. "We feel Abhishek should be immediately arrested for the remarks. We have filed a first information report (FIR) before both the Kolkata and Basirhat police, seeking immediate legal action against him," state Bharatiya Janata Party president Rahul Sinha had told media persons here yesterday. "His words 'gouging eyes and chopping off hands' are spurring violence and we feel they are directed at the BJP because the Trinamool is steadily getting wary of our rise in Bengal," Sinha had said. While addressing party workers in the run-up to the July 21 Martyr's Day Rally, Abhishek had said: "So long as Mamata Banerjee is there, whoever dares to glower at the people of Bengal, we can gouge their eyes out and throw them on the road. If hands are raised, we can chop off the hands." The Trinamool observes July 21 as the Martyrs' Day in the memory of 13 people who were shot dead in 1993 in police firing on a Youth Congress rally led by Mamata Banerjee, then a Youth Congress leader. Political parties, including the Congress and the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), have also condemned the remarks.

Updated : 24 Jun 2015 7:01 AM GMT
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