The 12-hour bandh in West Bengal, called by the BJP to protest the death of two students in alleged police firing in Islampur last week, has turned violent. Buses have been vandalised in Purulia, Howrah, Hooghly and in West Midnapore districts, railway tracks blocked and at least 20 BJP supporters have been arrested.
Commuters are facing inconvenience as rail services at Sealdah South and Howrah have been disrupted by the bandh supporters. Protest demonstrations were held at Diamond Harbour and in Canning in South 24-Parganas on the railway track. Clashes broke out when the police tried to quell the protestors to resume the rail service.
At least nine buses were attacked and drivers manhandled allegedly by the BJP supporters in Cooch Behar, Howrah, West Midnapur, Purulia and Hooghly districts.
BJP state president Dilip Ghosh, said, “TMC and the police will be responsible for any untoward incident today. We called the bandh because we lost two young lives in police firing. Read More