Trinamool to observe a 'black day' against mishandling of its leaders

New Delhi, August 3, News24 Bureau: Think twice if you are thinking of visiting West Bengal for next two days.Trinamool Congress is all set to observe a "black day" throughout West Bengal on August 4 and 5 to protest against the detention and "manhandling" of its leaders at the Silchar airport in Assam yesterday.

"We condemn the way the public representatives were manhandled and detained by the Assam police at the Silchar airport. They being MPs had every right to visit a place, but all rules were violated and our party delegation was stopped. This is shameful," he said.

On Thursday six Trinamool Congress MPs and two MLAs were detained at Silchar Airport in Assam. The TMC team was stopped at the airport and barred from entering the city.

"77 passengers in the same aircraft were allowed to move out. Only 6 of us were not allowed. We had to cancel our public meeting. We just wanted to have on-the-spot study of the situation," said SS Roy of TMC on TMC delegation being detained at Silchar airport yesterday.

The TMC leaders refused to give in and the eight-member team sat on a dharna. The TMC team was sent by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to assess the situation in the Bengali-dominated Silchar in south Assam's Barak Valley in the aftermath of the National Register of Citizens draft.

In dramatic footage from the airport, women in the Trinamool team were seen running as they were chased and restrained by policewomen. Now the police too, have presented footage claiming one of the lawmakers had jostled and pushed a constable, injuring her.

In the video footage, lawmaker Mahua Moitra is seen pushing the woman constable, who, at one point, is seen pleading with her. They will be kept at the airport for the night, the police had said.

 "There is a super emergency in Assam. They don't want us to talk to people," said the West Bengal Chief Minister.