Kanthi, a town 150 km from Kolkata turned into a battlefield last afternoon, minutes after Amit Shah's rally ended. Buses has been stoned, motorcycles set ablaze and Trinamool offices has been attacked. Till late in the evening, traffic on a state highway has been paralysed as reports of arson kept pouring in. A huge police force has been deployed to bring the situation under control.
Later in the evening, Mr. Singh called up the Chief Minister and expressed serious concern over the violence. He asked for action against those responsible and sought a detailed report from the state government within 24 hours.
Mamata Banerjee had lashed out in response. "Please control your leaders and supporters," sources quoted her as telling the home minister.
Minister Mamata Banerjee had an angry exchange with Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday, sources said, had asked the minister to "control his party" which was trying to "provoke trouble in peaceful Bengal", sources said.