Kolkata: West Bengal Police on Friday registered an FIR against Union Minister of State for Railways Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary for allegedly instigating his supporters to attack and ransack the house of Murshidabad District Magistrate Rajiv Kumar. The video of the attack showed Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury instigating a mob of Congress workers to ransack Kumar's house.
However, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary remained unrepentant and claimed that he had done nothing to be ashamed of, and that he was only trying to prevent Congress workers from vandalising the District Magistrate's residence on Thursday.
"We went to meet DM but he refused to meet. Our workers got angry. It's the DM's employees who turned violent. I was the one who tried to calm things down," Chowdhary, who is a Lok Sabha MP from Murshidabad, said after the incident.
"It was unmitigated falsehood that is being propagated by some vested interest may be," he said in an interview to IBN18 Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai. "If any chair was broken, I am ready to resign from my post. I was pacifying the irate mob, it is due to my persistent endeavour that the irate mob was calmed down that's why I should be appreciated by you all," he added.
Hundreds of Congress workers, led by Chowdhary, ransacked the premises after the DM allegedly refused to meet them when they went to complain about the alleged custodial death of a Congress worker in January. The workers smashed flower pots, pulled down a sun shed and hurled brickbats breaking the windscreen of a vehicle.
The West Bengal Congress leadership also stood by him while the Trinamool Congress was quick to grab political mileage. Former Union Railway Minister Mukul Roy said that he had no words to condemn the violence as it was led by a Union Minister.