FIR against Union Minister Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary for vandalism

Last Updated: Fri, Feb 08, 2013 08:21 hrs

Murshidabad: 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 the house of Murshidabad District Magistrate Rajiv Kumar.

The police registered the case against the Congress leader, who also represents Murshidabad constituency of Lok Sabha, under Section 156 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).

According to reports, the video of the attack showed Chowdhury instigating a mob of Congress workers to ransack Kumar's house.

However, Chowdhary claimed that he was only trying to prevent Congress workers from vandalising the District Magistrate's residence on Thursday. He also refused to apologise for the incident.

"You are making a mountain out of a molehill. I will not apologise to anyone. If there is anything wrong, the police is free to take action against my workers and me," Chowdhurytold NDTV.

"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," said Chowdhary.

According to reports, hundreds of Congress workers, led by Chowdhury, went on a rampage at the bungalow after the district magistrate refused to meet them when they went to complain about the alleged custodial death of a Congress worker in January.

The workers reportedly broke flower pots, pulled down a sun shed and smashed the windscreen of a vehicle.

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