Controversy erupted on Friday when a Sikh man was allegedly attacked by police and pulled his turban during a BJP rally in Howrah, West Bengal, but police said the man had a pistol in his hand and his The turban fell on its own during the skirmish.

The BJP has accused the Trinamool Congress government of hurting the sentiments of Sikhs. Incidents of party workers clashed with the police during the protest march taken out by the BJP till Nabanna, the state secretariat on Thursday.

There were also reactions on social media in the turban case. Cricketer Harbhajan Singh tweeted, tagging Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, “Please look into the matter. this is not right. Punjab Chief Minister and Congress leader Amarinder Singh also expressed grief over the incident. His media advisor Raveen Thukral gave this information by tweeting on Friday evening. Singh has demanded Mamata Banerjee to take stern action against the policemen related to the incident.

Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal also strongly condemned the incident and demanded action from Banerjee. A large political controversy erupted after pictures of the incident aired, following which the West Bengal Police tweeted on Friday, “The firearm was in the hands of the person concerned during yesterday’s demonstration.” The turban fell on its own in a skirmish and our officer did not make any such attempt. Our feeling is never to hurt any community.

The Trinamool Congress dismissed the allegations as ‘baseless’. The person has been identified as Balwinder Singh, 43, a resident of Bathinda. BJP leaders claim that Singh, a former Indian Army soldier, is currently working as a personal security officer of a BJP leader. 

According to police, a pistol has been seized from them. The pistol license is valid until January next year. He also said that the police officer concerned had asked him to wear the turban back before his arrest. Reacting to the incident, BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya said that brave soldiers who served the country in the Trinamool Congress government were also not left out. He demanded severe punishment for the guilty policemen.

He tweeted, “Security Officer Balwinder Singh was beaten up on the road by the West Bengal Police and insulted his turban. He is a capable soldier. Humiliation of such brave people in Mamta Raj. Such policemen should be punished. BJP national secretary Arvind Menon also slammed the West Bengal police. Senior Trinamool Congress leader and state government minister Firhad Hakim described the allegations as “baseless” and said that “the law will do its job.”

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