Major Shutdown In Kolkata Amid West Bengal BJP Protests
Police used lathis, tear gas and water cannon after cops blocked the Bharatiya Janata Party’s march to CM Mamata Banerjee’s office in Kolkata.
Clashes broke out between Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers and the West Bengal Police in Kolkata on Thursday (October 8) as BJP workers tried to break through police barricades during their march towards Bengal secretariat ‘Nabanna.’ Thousands of BJP workers from Kolkata and Howrah began marching towards Nabanna to protest the ‘worsening’ law and order in the state, on Thursday afternoon. The West Bengal Police, however, blocked the march and police personnel resorted to lathi-charge, used tear gas and water cannons on BJP workers at Santragachi in Howrah district.
“The police is lathi-charging our people. Stone-pelting being done from Khidirpur side. Can’t the police see that?” BJP leader Locket Chatterjee was quoted as saying by a news agency. Several BJP leaders, including BJP state vice-president Raju Banerjee and MP Jyotirmoy Singh Mahato, have reportedly been injured. Chaotic scenes were witnessed as BJP workers retaliated by hurling stones at cops. Following West Bengal Police’s crackdown, BJP workers also set ablaze tires in Howrah during the party’s state-wide agitation.
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