The West Bengal Police have filed a case against the state Bharatiya Janata Party president and three others for threatening Trinamool Congress leaders in the state with violence, reported NDTV. In his address to party workers in Jalpaiguri on Tuesday, Dilip Ghosh said the TMC leaders will either go to jail or be killed in encounters. “Every bullet will be made to count,” said Ghosh in a video of his speech that has now gone viral.
“A lot of TMC leaders are flexing muscles and threatening our workers,” said Ghosh. “Either they will go to jail or there will be direct encounters. We are counting the bullets which killed our workers. Just like the way Gabbar Singh said [in Sholay] kitni goliya hain [how many bullets are there?], the day will soon come when we will count the bullets as well as the bodies.” Ghosh even named Trinamool Congress’ Birbhum district president Anubrata Mondal as a target.
Several workers of the BJP and the Trinamool Congress have died in the state in the past few weeks, with the violence escalating in the run-up to panchayat elections in mid-May. “There is a limit to our tolerance,” said Ghosh. “We have come to warn the TMC workers not to attack BJP men otherwise we will beat them in such a way that there would be no place left in their bodies to tie bandages.”
The Trinamool Congress condemned it and called it hate speech.
This is not the first time Ghosh has made controversial remarks. On June 1, he had accused the state police of working for the Trinamool Congress and had threatened to remove their uniforms.