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Left-wing Congressional Activists Clash With Police During Jobs March; 12-hour Bengal Bandh called on Friday | India News

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CALCUTTA: Left and congressional activists demanding jobs clashed with police in the central Esplanade area of ​​Kolkata on Thursday as they attempted to break through barricades on their way to the Nabanna secretary of state, injuring several participants. and also the police.
Condemning the brutal attacks on students and youth by the “Trinamool Congress government police force”, Left Front President Biman Bose announced a 12-hour bandh in West Bengal by left-wing parties and associates. starting at 6 am on Friday in protest.
“The way in which the police unleashed atrocities against the participants in the Nabanna march created a situation similar to the historic Jallianwala Bagh incident,” Bose said in a statement.
The president of the Left Front claimed that more than 150 students and young men and women were injured in the police action while participating in the ‘Nabanna abhiyan’ program of the student and youth wings of the left and Congress demanding jobs and better facilities educational.
Bose said the call for bandh has been discussed with the constituents of the Left Front and the Congress party, with which he has formed an electoral alliance for the next assembly elections in West Bengal.
The entire Left Congress has come to make the Bengal polls a triangular fight with the TMC and the BJP.
The march to Nabanna began on College Street, but was stopped by police on SN Banerjee Road in the Esplanade area.
When activists tried to advance further by breaking through heavy metal barricades, the police used water cannons.
Amid slogans against the Mamata Banerjee government, left-wing youth and students attempted to climb over the barricades, after which the police charged with batons and also fired tear gas projectiles.
Some police officers were also reported to have been injured in the clashes.
Mohammad Salim, a member of the CPI (M) politburo, alleged that the Mamata Banerjee government is totally dependent on the police force to suppress the protests and demands of the people.
“Why are you afraid of receiving a memo from unemployed youth?” He asked at a press conference at the CPI (M) headquarters here after the incident.
Condemning the attacks on the rioters, Congressman Rajya Sabha Pradip Bhattacharya said that the Trinamool Congressional government has lost the faith of the people and the violent crackdown on protests is an indication of this.

Times of India

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