West Bengal minister Jakir Hossain was seriously injured after unidentified attackers hurled bombs at him in Nimtita railway station in Murshidabad district on Wednesday night. At least two other people who were with him were also injured in the incident.
A forensic team has headed for Nimtita station where minister Hossain was attacked. Hossain, the minister of state for labour, was reportedly waiting at platform no 2 of the station to catch a train to Kolkata at around 10 pm when he was attacked.
The MLA of Jangipur in Murshidabad district and a few other injured persons were rushed to the Jangipur Superspeciality Hospital from where Hossain was referred to Murshidabad Medical College and Hospital. After initial treatment, he was shifted to a Kolkata hospital.
State cabinet minister Firhad Hakim condemned the attack on Hossain and wished for his speedy recovery. "The Crude Bomb attack on my party colleague Zakir Hussain has left many grievously injured. The incident at Murshidabad is a black day in Bengal politics. Praying for their speedy recovery. Violence has no place in our politics," he said on Twitter.
Meanwhile, former TMC leader who is now a prime face of the BJP's Bengal campaign, Suvendu Adhikari, too, took to Twitter to denounce the "deplorable attack".
Distressed to hear about the crude bomb attack on Jakir Hossain, the State Government MoS for Labour and an @AITCofficial MLA. The attack, which happened at the Nimtita Railway Station in Murshidabad, needs to be strongly condemned. Praying for the speedy recovery of the injured!— Suvendu Adhikari • শুভেন্দু অধিকারী (@SuvenduWB) February 17, 2021
Hossain, also a leading businessman in the area, was reportedly attacked at a crowded spot in full public view.
According to sources, at least 13 people accompanying the minister were injured in the attack.
The minister has reportedly sustained severe injuries on his left limbs and could soon be transferred to Kolkata for further treatment, said sources,
Among the TMC workers who are injured, some may even need amputation, said a doctor on condition of anonymity.
Union Minister Piyush Goyal condemned the attack. "I condemn the dastardly bomb attack at Nimtita Railway Station in West Bengal. My prayers are for the quick recovery of the injured," he said.
I condemn the dastardly bomb attack at Nimtita Railway Station in West Bengal. My prayers are for the quick recovery of the injured: Union Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal pic.twitter.com/DhqxpIEKvw— ANI (@ANI) February 17, 2021
Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Congress leader from Murshidabad, also condemned the attack and demanded immediate arrest of culprits. "Hossain is an exceptional personality within the TMC who paid dearly because he is honest," he wrote on Facebook.