Parts of Kolkata and Howrah district turned into a battlefield on Tuesday as BJP supporters clashed with the police while trying to get past barricades erected to prevent them from marching towards the West Bengal secretariat ‘Nabanna’.
Visuals from Kolkata streets showed violent mobs pelting the police with stones plus bricks as well as attacking all of them with lathis and setting fire to the Kolkata Police’s cars. They also showed injured BJP leaders.
Several police officers and saffron camp members, including frontrunners Mina Devi Purohit and Swapan Dasgupta, were reportedly injured during the rally.
A Kolkata Police officer said, “There was no report of any serious injury in order to any protestor though several police personnel have suffered injuries”.
While the BJP alleged that the Mamata Banerjee government does not want to give space to opposition parties, the particular TMC described the saffron camp workers as ‘hooligans’.
Sharing a video of people carrying BJP flags setting ablaze the police vehicle, TMC national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee tweeted, “Today, not just Bengal but the nation saw a glimpse associated with what @BJP4Bengal hooligans are capable of doing to our City of Joy. ” The saffron party’s IT in-charge Amit Malviya shared another video of the same incident on his Twitter handle. He said, “Mamata Banerjee sent TMC cadres to pelt stones at the police so that later BJP could be blamed for it…” The police used tear gas and water cannons in order to disperse the agitators, who tried to go past the barricades that were put in place at several points in Kolkata and its adjoining areas.
Today, not just Bengal but the particular nation saw a glimpse of what @BJP4Bengal hooligans are equipped for doing to the City of Joy.
We shudder to imagine what they would’ve done had they come in order to power.
WB, thank you for rejecting them!
Now, it’s TIME FOR INDIA TO REJECT THEM! pic. twitter. com/zH7IZnEoK1
— Abhishek Banerjee (@abhishekaitc) September 13, 2022
Leader associated with the Opposition in the West Bengal Assembly Suvendu Adhikari plus party MP Locket Chatterjee were detained by the particular police even before the start of the rally.
“Everyone got to see how the partisan police tried scuttling the leader from the opposition’s democratic right to protest outside Nabanna. I was manhandled by a woman constable, people saw that too, ” Adhikari told reporters before being whisked away in a prison van.
In Santragachhi within Howrah area, the police were pelted with stones as they chased away the protesters. The police kiosk was damaged as the demonstrators were stopped from moving forward.
The pitched battle continued for several hours at Santragachhi as BJP activists went on throwing stones in the cops standing outside the particular station and police reinforcements were sent to quell the situation.
Similar scenes were witnessed in Howrah town, Kolkata’s Lalbazar plus MG Road areas where protesters engaged in the scuffle along with the law enforcement.
Police utilized water cannons near Howrah bridge, Howrah Maidan area and Santragachhi.
Normal life was disrupted in Kolkata due in order to the protests, with common people facing huge inconveniences on the thoroughfares, many of which experienced plunged in to chaos.
BJP leaders attacked the administration for the police action during its protest move.
The party’s state president Sukanta Majumdar staged a sit-in Howrah after being stopped through taking forward the rally.
“This autocratic Mamata Banerjee government will not believe in giving space to resistance parties, ” he said.
The BJP state chief and senior leader Agnimitra Paul had been later jailed from a protest site in Howrah Maidan.
In a Twitter post, Malviya alleged that male police constables of Kolkata Police assaulted women protestors under the instructions of Mamata Banerjee.
Vowing to move court against the police action upon BJP rallyists, Adhikari claimed, “This government will not really last beyond January 2023. ” BJP national vice-president Dilip Ghosh, who led the protesters near Howrah bridge, left the site inside the midst of the lathi-charge on his party’s supporters.
“Only 15 per cent of the BJP workers could attend today’s march to Nabanna because the rest were prevented from coming to the city and Howrah. And yet see the impact. Eighty per cent of state police had to be deployed with water cannons, batons, tear gas shells to tackle these fifteen per penny party employees and followers, ” BJP state spokesperson Samik Bhattacharya told PTI.
The state’s ruling party shared videos showing alleged BJP workers attacking a policeman along with wooden rods and a police vehicle.
Abhishek Banerjee tweeted: “We shiver to imagine exactly what they would’ve done got they come to power. WB, thank you with regard to rejecting them! Now, it’s time regarding India in order to reject all of them! ” “Destroying and damaging government property, attacking law enforcement personnel, causing chaos and disrupting peace across the condition — the current activities associated with BJP that will brought shame upon the particular entire country. We strongly condemn such outrageous behaviour, ” the TMC stated in the tweet.
Meanwhile, the Calcutta High Court sought a report from the West Bengal Home Secretary over the particular allegation that BJP supporters were forcibly prevented from attending the ‘march to Nabanna’ programme.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice Prakash Shrivastava and Proper rights R Bharadwaj also directed the state authorities to ensure protection from the BJP state headquarters in Kolkata.
(with PTI inputs)