- ED officials and accompanying central armed forces sleuths quickly pushed Chatterjee in the vehicle
- I had come to throw my shoe on him. He has taken money from poor people, woman said
- I would have been happier if the shoe would have hit him on his head she added
Partha Chatterjee shoe attack: A woman hurled a shoe at former West Bengal cabinet minister Partha Chatterjee while he was being taken to the Enforcement Directorate office from the ECI Hospital.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials and the accompanying central armed forces sleuths quickly pushed Chatterjee in the vehicle and left the hospital.
Later, the woman told the mediapersons that she would have been happier had the slipper hit Chatterjee.
"I had come to throw my shoe on him. He has taken money from poor people. I would have been happier if the shoe would have hit him on his head," the woman said.
"I came to the ESI hospital for my own treatment. People like Partha Chatterjee have minted crores of rupees. He owns several flats in Kolkata. But whenever he is brought to the hospital for medical check-up, police cordon the entire hospital area in such a manner that it causes immense inconvenience to the common patients. This irritated me today and I hurled the slipper. Had you all been happy, had I garlanded and welcomed him?" she asked.
The police detained her briefly and questioned her.
BJP state spokesman in West Bengal Shamik Bhattacharya said that although he does not support such acts, but it is evident that the rage of public in general is reaching such a stage, its reflections were evident in that incident.
Similar reaction was given by the CPI(M) central committee member, Sujan Chakraborty, who said that it is unfortunate for the state that a former minister has shamed the state to such an extent that public anger is reaching such a stage. "Though I do not support the action of hurling foot-wears, at the same time it is a reflection of public rage," he said.
Trinamool Congress leaders were tight-lipped till the time the report was filed.
Meanwhile, an ED search is underway at 'Magic Touch' in Patuli, Kolkata, a property owned by arrested Arpita Mukherjee, a close aid of Partha Chatterjee.
(With inputs from IANS)