Bengal police use tear gas, water cannon to stop BJP rally in Siliguri; chaos prevails – kolkata

Pitched battles marked the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) rally at Siliguri in north Bengal on Monday afternoon when police lobbed tear fuel shells and used water cannons to stop the occasion employees and leaders from approaching in direction of Uttar Kanya, the state secretariat in north Bengal, violating prohibitory orders beneath Section 144 Code of Criminal Procedure.

The rally was a part of the BJP’s ongoing agitation programmes towards the Trinamool Congress (TMC) authorities.

BJP and Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BYJM) employees, who had been main two processions from reverse instructions, pelted stones on the police indiscriminately.

The clashes happened in at the least 4 locations together with Tinbatti More and Phoolbari Bazar. Several ladies in the processions fell unwell after inhaling the tear fuel. BJYM nationwide president and Bangalore South Lok Sabha member Tejasvi Surya and state BJYM president Saumitra Khan additionally fell unwell.

“The violence was a public display of the violence the BJP believes in. Its workers provoked the police to open fire. I thank the police for handling the situation. The BJP will fail to create disturbance in the state,” mentioned Saugata Roy, TMC Lok Sabha member and occasion spokesperson.

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BJP state president Dilip Ghosh alleged {that a} occasion employee died.

“One of our workers, who was injured in the baton charge, died in hospital,” mentioned Ghosh.

Neither the police nor native TMC leaders confirmed this until 3.15pm.

Prominent leaders comparable to BJP nationwide common secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, nationwide secretary Arvind Menon, and several other Lok Sabha members of the occasion had been in the lengthy procession that was transferring in direction of the secretariat.

The BJYM employees demolished two metal and bamboo barricades that had been put up by the police to stop the procession. The indignant BJYM employees set a number of bamboo barricades on fireplace. Journalists overlaying the rally had been caught in the center when BJYM employees showered stones on the Rapid Action Force of the district police. The police resorted to baton cost round 2.30pm.

The violence was comparable to the one witnessed in and round Kolkata on October 8 when as many as 24 BJP leaders, together with Vijayvargiya and Menon, had been booked by the Kolkata Police for violating Central pointers on gatherings and political rallies in the course of the pandemic and marching in direction of Nabanna, the secretariat in adjoining Howrah district.

The BJYM organised the ‘Nabanna Chalo’ (march to Nabanna) programme to elevate voice on points starting from alleged lack of employment alternatives in Bengal to legislation and order issues. BJP and BJYM leaders claimed that round 1,500 employees had been injured in the course of the baton cost.

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Police use tear gas, lathi charge protesters at BJP youth wing’s Nabanna Chalo rally in Kolkata – kolkata

A protest rally organised by the youth wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) exterior Nabanna, the West Bengal Secretariat, in Howrah district turned violent when protesters tried to interrupt police barricades and forces retaliated with lathi charge and tear fuel.

“Police is lathi charging our people. Stone-pelting is being done from the Khidirpur side. Can’t the police see that?,” BJP chief Locket Chatterjee mentioned.

The BJP’s ‘Nabanna Chalo’ agitation is a protest towards the alleged killing of occasion employees in West Bengal below the Mamata Banerjee-led authorities.


Security officers have been stationed in giant numbers exterior the BJP state headquarters on Thursday morning. State police used a drone to maintain a vigil on the protesting BJP employees.

“We are protesting democratically, but Mamata Ji has tried to turn our peaceful demonstration into a violent protest. Goons along with police pelted stones at us,” BJP chief Kailash Vijayvargiya mentioned.

BJP’s Kailash Vijayvargiya, on being requested whether or not occasion employees have been carrying masks as precaution against Covid-19, mentioned that each one employees have been carrying masks, however do the identical guidelines not apply to Mamata Banerjee when she holds demonstrations?

“All workers are wearing masks. Are rules only for us? Mamata Ji holds demonstrations with thousands, & we’re being taught lessons of social distancing. Do same rules not apply to her?,” he mentioned.

Meanwhile, the state authorities had introduced on Wednesday night that each one the places of work in the constructing might be shut for 2 days (Thursday and Friday) “for sanitisation purpose”.

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