An incensed BJP accused the Trinamool Congress Government of trying to "gag the Opposition with brute force"and cover up the incidents in Makra where where three persons were killed in a political clash on Monday. Police said the BJP leaders were arrested when they tried to enter the village in violation of the prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC.

Other prominent BJP leaders arrested included its state president Rahul Sinha,party MPs Kirti Azad and Udit Raj. The MPs were part of the three-member central team led by Naqvi sent to the village by the party to look into the violence. Naqvi and other BJP leaders were involved in a spat with the police, which stopped them, and demanded that they be allowed to visit the village. Later they were arrested when they tried to enter the village. A scuffle ensued as the BJP workers tried to break police barricades.

Naqvi claimed that he suffered injury when the police personnel dragged him into the van. Slamming the police action, Naqvi said, "It is a murder of democracy. The TMC government is trying to hide what happened in Makra village. It is a shame". "The TMC government is gagging the opposition voice using brute force," the BJP leader said. "Instead of using its energy to stop opposition parties, if the TMC government spent ten per cent of it towards curbing anti-national forces working in the state, it would have been great for the country and the state," he said.

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