Published: Thu, May 25, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Left-police clash in Kolkata, MLAs try to sneak in to Secretariat

Left-police clash in Kolkata, MLAs try to sneak in to Secretariat

Over 100 Left activists and 79 police personnel were injured in clashes today at various places in the city, Further, 3 journalists were among those injured in lathicharge by the city police.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has castigated the violence by police officials in Kolkata yesterday and has demanded a fair judicial inquiry into the brutal attack. Director general of police Surajit Kar Purkayastha, who was at Nabanna, called deputy commissioner of police (reserve force) Bishwajit Ghosh, posted for the state secretariat's security, to know how it happened.

Twenty of our MLAs reached the gate of Nabanna (Secretariat building) to protest against the rising unemployment, farmers' distress and other issues but the police did not let us in.

The West Bengal police arrested 24 Left MLAs including Sujan Chakraborthy for protesting against Mamata Banerjee government. They forcefully stopped us and later put us in police vans.

Left Front cadres and supporters fought pitched battles with the police on the main streets in the city and suburbs leading to Nabanna, the State secretariat, on Monday.

"The chief minister has fled from the city". The 4 lakh supporters have also demanded maintenance of democratic rights of the people of West Bengal.

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Police claimed that they retaliated with lathi-charge, tear-gas and sprayed water canon on the protesters at Byator locality to prevent protesters from marching towards Nabanna.

The Left party sources on the other hand said many of their leaders including former state minister Kanti Ganguly, Foward Bloc leader Naren Chatterjee and a number of workers were injured when the police resorted to the 'unprovoked batoncharge'. Police, however, said they were ready to tackle the challenge. Mamata was in Bolpur in Birbhum district, in an administrative meeting at the time of the crisis.

After the adjournment motion was disallowed by the Speaker, Left Front MLAs raised posters, held black flags and shouted anti-government slogans in the House.

LF chairman Biman Bose announced that a statewide condemnation Day would be observed on Tuesday.

The Left Front had chose to opt for a "Nabanna march" to protest on various issues including corruption in governance by the Trinamool Congress.

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