Police lathicharge protesting workers in Howrah on Thursday.
West Bengal BJP's "March to Nabanna" (state secretariat) took a violent turn on Thursday after hundreds of party workers clashed with the police in Howrah. The protest was held against the deteriorating law and order situation in the state.
Videos on social media showed the police resorting to water cannons and tear gas shells besides lathi charging to disperse the crowd.
With a seven-point charter of demands, including the worsening law and order situation,the youth wing of the party had organized a march to Nabanna from four areas today. Leaders like Arjun Singh, Kailash Vijayvargiya, Locket Chatterjee and Mukul Roy were among those present on the spot.
BJP leaders claimed that despite organizing a peaceful protest, the Trinamool Congress government led by Mamta Banerjee came all berserk on their workers. The secretariat building was closed for sanitation purposes and an order had been issued against any large gatherings.
Several leaders leading the protest condemned the Chief Minister's silence on the unsolicited lockdown across the state and that the protest against the Hathras gangrape held by Mamta Banerjee completely violated the norms of social distancing during the pandemic.
However,police defended themselves in response to the bricks and bombs thrown at them by the BJP workers. Few arms were also seized from one of the protesters in Howrah Maidan Area.