West Bengal: BJP workers clash with police during march to state secretariat; pistol seized – kolkata

Hundreds of workers of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its youth wing, the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), clashed with police on Thursday afternoon after they have been stopped from continuing in direction of Nabanna, the state secretariat in West Bengal’s Howrah district, because it was in violation of the prohibitory orders in place.

The BJYM had organised ‘Nabanna Chalo’ (March to Nabanna) in protest in opposition to points starting from alleged lack of employment alternatives in Bengal to regulation and order issues. However, the federal government didn’t give permission for the agitation. Also, Section 144 of CrPC is imposed in and round Nabanna all year long.

Also read: Bengal govt cites Shaheen Bagh ruling, Covid to stop BJP’s ‘Nabanna March’

Around 2 pm, there was chaos on the streets in elements of central Kolkata and Howrah as BJP and BJYM workers clashed with the police. They hurled brickbats; bombs additionally went off at two areas in Howrah district though it was not clear who hurled them. In Kolkata, police used water cannons, utilizing a purple dye for the primary time to mark the agitators, and resorted to baton cost at Howrah bridge, Hastings, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Burrabazar and Brabourne Road. A pistol was additionally seized from a BJP employee in Howrah.

BJYM nationwide president and Lok Sabha MP from Bengaluru, Tejasvi Surya, BJP nationwide normal secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, nationwide secretary Arvind Menon, BJP state president Dilip Ghosh and different senior leaders have been current with the primary batch of BJP workers that clashed with the police round midday.

Ghosh alleged that Menon sustained damage in a stampede-like state of affairs close to the state BJP headquarters on Central Avenue.

BJP state vice-president Raju Banerjee fell in poor health after he was hit by a cannon jet at Hastings. Vijayvargiya and BJP Lok Sabha member Locket Chatterjee began a sit-in demonstration at Hastings, alleging atrocity by the police.

“Police attacked peaceful demonstrators. Stones were pelted on us by some people who were definitely not policemen,” alleged Chatterjee.

Surya, who was in Howrah with state BJYM president Soumitra Khan, addressed the gathering earlier than the march. “The youth of India are with you…The Mamata Banerjee government has failed to meet the aspirations of millions of youths. They do not have jobs. You must raise your voice against the misrule West Bengal is witnessing,” mentioned Surya.

The Trinamool Congress additionally took out a procession from Jadavpur University to Golpark in south Kolkata to counter the BJP, accusing the latter of making unrest within the state.

An Indian ordnance manufacturing facility-made .32 pistol was seized from a BJP employee within the Howrah Maidan space. The man has been detained.

While searching for permission for the march, the BJYM had knowledgeable the federal government on Wednesday that every of the 4 rallies would have round 25,000 individuals.

In reply to the BJYM, the house division cited an order of the Centre which banned gathering of over 100 individuals. It mentioned the federal government would enable the BJYM to maintain peaceable and democratic rallies at locations the place prohibitory orders weren’t violated.

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