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Streets of Kolkata and suburbs of Howrah witnessed pitched battle on Thursday as supporters of 17 Left parties clashed with the police during a march to the State’s administrative headquarter, Nabanna Building. Several protesters and police personnel were seriously injured in the clash as they hurled bricks and stones at each other.
Police resorted to lathi-charge, tear gas shelling and use of water cannons to disperse the crowd.
The demonstration was called by Krishak Sabha to protest against agrarian distress and farmer suicides in the State. Senior leaders like Left Front chairperson Biman Bose, Communist Party of India (Marxist) Rajya Sabha MP Ritabrata Banerjee were injured in the clash.
The Polit Bureau of CPI(M) in a statement of said that the brutal police action under the orders of the TMC government shows the utter contempt of this government towards the democratic rights of the people. The Polit Bureau said that people of West Bengal will give a befitting reply by making the general strike called by trade unions on September 2 a grand success.
“Over two lakh people occupied all the roads to Nabanna for three hours braving brutal attack of police. More befitting reply to Trinamool Congress government to follow,” Leader of the Opposition and CPI(M) State Secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra, who led the demonstration at Rani Rashmoni Avenue, said. Major clashes took place at Dufferin Road in central Kolkata and the entire street was covered with stones and bricks after the incident. Left Front supporters and police clashed at Police Training School and at certain places in Howrah leading to the State Secretariat.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visited SSKM hospital to see the injured policemen. She said that several constables, sub-inspectors and a few media personnel were injured in the unrest that prevailed during the day. Senior Trinamool Congress leader and State’s Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukherjee said that the Left leadership tried to create anarchy through the movement. Mr Mukherjee said that Left leaders carried stones in their pockets and attacked the police.
From: The Hindu