Bhoumick warned that those who ignore it will mark their homes with chalk, so the opposition BJP would call it intimidation tactic.
- IANS Kolkata
- Last update: April 5, 2020, 7:16 p.m. IST
A member of the West Bengal Children’s Rights Organization and a government party sympathizer, Prasun Bhoumick, has signed up on Facebook to warn people in Bengal of a warning with corona warriors like doctors, nurses and the police.
He warned that those who will ignore it will mark their homes with a chalk, so the opposition BJP would call it intimidation tactic.
Bhoumick published a Facebook post in Bengali that reads: “Those who turn off their lights on April 5th, 2020 at 9pm … their houses will be marked with chalk. At least their addresses will be included in a list.” He concluded with the words: “Greetings to you Bangla, Greetings to you are Marjina”. “
On Friday morning, PM Modi shared a short video clip as he announced the previous Thursday, asking everyone to light diyas or candles, or even light flights on their balconies or in front of their main gate, as a sign of respect for the Corona Warriors doctors , Nurses, sanitary workers and police officers who are at the forefront of this.
“I urge you all to turn off all the lights in your house on April 5, at 9:00 p.m. for 9 minutes, and just light a candle, ‘diya’ or a flashlight for cell phones to mark our fight against the corona virus,” he said.
This obvious warning is gaining importance given the power that Bhoumick has. He was a member of the West Bengali Commission for the Protection of Children’s Rights (WBCPCR) in May 2019 (he continues to serve) when the child rights agency was aware of an allegation of abuse against the Diamond Harbor Nilanjan BJP candidate Roy just days before the constituency went to the general election.
At the time, BJP leader Mukul Roy had described the WBCPCR as a “conspiracy against malignancy” because he was part of the conspiracy since commissioners such as Bhoumick and actress June Maliya promoted the ruling Trinamool Congress.
When Bhoumick was contacted, he brushed the subject aside and called it freedom of expression. “Of course it’s a political post,” he admitted.
He argued that the Prime Minister’s call to turn off the lights had raised concerns about the power failure for many. When he pressed for intimidation tactics, he explained this as an analogy from the fairy tale Alibaba, in which houses are marked with chalk.
BJP MP Swapan Dasgupta called it “hate speech at its best”.
“This is West Bengal’s political culture that makes people like Prasun Bhoumick believe that such open threats are men of legitimate politics. It is an open threat. I think action should be taken,” Dasgupta said.