Kolkata: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Shantanu Thakur on Saturday received a head injury after his car met with an accident at Hanskhali in West Bengal’s Nadia district, police said. The BJP leader was rushed to the Bongaon sub-divisional hospital.
Further, the driver and two others, who were in the vehicle were also injured. The accident happened at around 12.15 PM when a police van lost control and hit Thakur’s vehicle at the front when he was heading towards Kalyani to attend an election rally on the last day of campaigning, police said. The party workers allegedly damaged the police vehicle.
Nobody was arrested in connection with the accident.
A West Bengal Police officer said “We are trying to find out what actually happened and whose fault it was. We are talking to drivers of both the vehicles. So far nobody has been arrested”.
When contacted the BJP candidate’s mother Chabirani Thakur alleged that the accident was the result of a “conspiracy” hatched by Trinamool Congress.
“My son’s vehicle was standing on the side of the road and suddenly from nowhere this police van came and hit it. We want a thorough investigation into the matter,” she told PTI.
Notably, seven parliamentary constituencies of Bangaon, Barrackpore both in North 24 Parganas district, Howrah, Uluberia, Sreerampore, Hooghly, Arambag are scheduled to go to the polls in the fifth phase.
BJP has pitted Shantanu Thakur of the Matua community against sitting TMC MP Mamatabala Thakur, the daughter-in-law of the late Matua matriarch. The family is witnessing a feud over control on the community, which has an estimated 30 lakh population in the state and can influence results in at least five parliamentary constituencies of North and South 24 Parganas districts.
(With agency inputs)