CPI-M activists, police fight pitched battles in Bengal’s Bardhaman town

CPI-M activists, police fight pitched battles in Bengal’s Bardhaman town

Kolkata: Several policemen and CPI-M activists were injured in pitched battles during a law violation programme organised by the opposition party protesting against corruption and demanding transparency in government appointments in West Bengal’s Bardhaman town on Wednesday.
The police lobbed tear gas shells and used water canons to control the “rampaging” Communist Party of India-Marxist workers who also allegedly pelted stones at the law-keepers, turning the Curzon Gate area of the town into a virtual battlefield.
A senior East Bardhaman district police officer said the trouble erupted as the CPI-M supporters turned aggressive and went on a rampage uprooting a logo of Biswa Bangla, an MSME enterprise
established by the state government to promote handicrafts and textile
“They also threw stones at the police, and a number of our personnel were injured,” said the officer.
The CPI-M leadership claimed over 125 party workers were injured in the “violence let loose by the police”.
The CPI-M earlier in the day held two rallies in the town as a prelude to the law violation programme, as part of its campaign “Catch the thieves, put them in jails” in protest against what it called
“all-pervasive corruption” perpetrated by the state’s ruling Trinamool Congress.
Senior CPI-M leaders including state secretary Mohammad Salim addressed the rallies, following which the rallyists marched to the Curzon Gate area, where a huge contingent of police was deployed.
The CPI-M activists broke a barricade put up by the police to stop them, leading to a scuffle between the cops and the party cadres. The violence soon spread and there were repeated clashes between the two sides.
Salim later caused the people of not following the protocol in tackling a pre-announced democratic programme.
“In case of a law violation programme, police announce on loudspeakers that all the protestors who have assembled are being arrested. Then these arrestees are taken away in buses. But the police did nothing of that sort, and were unnecessarily aggressive, though our protest was peaceful. Over 125 of our workers have been injured, many of them have head injury,” said Salim.
UNI

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