New Delhi: Amid the political war between the BJP and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress, the clashes have intensified in Kolkata where BJP took to the streets on June 12 to protest against the killing of its workers, while the Kolkata police used water cannons, tear gas and baton charge to disperse the protest march.
The BJP workers marched at around 12pm on June 12 from central Kolkata’s Subodh Mullick Square and reached Bepin Behari Ganguly Street but were stopped by the police.
The protest march was called against the killing of BJP worker at Bashirhat on June 8 and due to the series of political killings since last month.
When the protesters opposed the orders, the Kolkata police used tear gas, baton charge and water canons to disperse the crowd of BJP workers.
West Bengal: Kolkata police baton charge at BJP workers on Bepin Behari Ganguly Street. They were marching towards Lal Bazar protesting against TMC govt. pic.twitter.com/NZrYcTspeo
— ANI (@ANI) June 12, 2019
The saffron party had earlier claimed that more than one lakh supporters would participate in the protest march against the TMC.
Analysing the situation, the administration had made elaborate security arrangements to tackle the march. Barricades were put up, tight security was maintained at all major crossings and the Kolkata Police headquarters in the Lalbazar area was virtually turned into a fortress.
“Barricades have been put up at all the important junctures across the nine possible entry points to Lalbazar and personnel armed with water cannons and tear gas shells have been posted at various points,” said a senior police officer to IANS.
Earlier, the Ministry of Home Affairs had expressed concern over the situation prevailing in West Bengal and issued advisory regarding the same. Post this, West Bengal Governor Kesari Nath Tripathi landed in Delhi to apprise PM Narendra Modi and Home minister Amit Shah about the ground situation.
Meanwhile, CM Mamata Banerjee had accused PM Modi-led BJP as the conspirator behind the violence in the state and alleged that the saffron party is trying to destabilise her government.
In the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls, Mamata Banerjee’s TMC plunged from 34 seats in 2014 in the state to 22 while the BJP gained ground with 18 seats.
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