West Bengal bandh: Train services hit, violence in several areas

Kolkata:  Three state-run buses were lit and stones were pelted at vehicles in Islampur, place where the two students were killed. Fire brigades had rushed to the spot to douse the fire.

The BJP protesters blocked the road resulting in traffic halt and the police, in turn, resorted to baton charge and fired tear gas shells to disperse the crowd. The BJP supporters had also blocked NH34 in North Dinajpur. Some BJP supporters have been detained, said a police official.

The BJP has called for a 12-hour bandh in West Bengal to protest the death of two students during a demonstration over the appointment of school teachers in Islampur area in North Dinajpur district.

To ensure normalcy, the Trinamool Congress government has set up control rooms and as many as 4,000 police personnel on the streets and has assured to provide protection to everyone who will be out.

State Education Minister Partha Chatterjee HAS accused the BJP of stalling development in the State by calling the bandh.

“The police will take strong action if anyone tries to enforce the strike. Our party workers have also been instructed to remain alert and monitor the situation but they must not respond to provocations. All DMs and SPs have been asked to take action if the situation goes out of hand,” he said.

The BJP, on the other hand, said the state government was “forcefully” trying to foil the bandh.

The Calcutta High Court has directed the State government to ensure that normal life is not disrupted during the bandh. A division bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Debasish Kar Gupta and Justice Sampa Sarkar directed that action must be taken against people indulging in violence.

The state DGP, IG and district magistrates too have been directed to ensure that the general public is not intimidated by the bandh organisers and no rail or road traffic is blocked. Essential services like hospitals, telecommunications, milk and other necessary supplies are directed to be maintained, and schools and colleges are allowed to function by court’s order.

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