Court Orders To Secure BJP Nomination

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Rampurhat: A court here has ordered the Birbhum district police chief and the Rampurhat subdivisional police officer (SDPO) to ensure that eight BJP workers who were arrested on Saturday could file nominations for panchayat elections.

The eight were among the 24 BJP workers who were arrested in connection with violence at Nalhati on Friday.

Ansuman Chattopadhyay, the additional chief judicial magistrate of Rampurhat, issued the directive to the SP and the SDPO when the 24 BJP activists were produced in the court on Saturday.

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The BJP welcomed the order and heaved a sigh of relief as the party would not have to bother about how to handle Trinamool resistance when the eight persons went to file nominations for the rural polls.

Police sources said they would take all the eight BJP workers from Rampurhat jail together on Monday to the office of the Rampurhat subdivisional office, where they would file the papers.

On Friday afternoon, around 2,000 BJP workers gathered in front of Nalhati party office from where they were supposed to march to the BDO office to file the nominations. But the police told them that only the candidates and those who propose their names could proceed. An altercation ensued and finally, the police resorted to a baton-charge to disperse the crowd.

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