West Bengal Bandh: BJP, Trinamool men clash, Govt deploys police

The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has called a 12-hour bandh on Wednesday in West Bengal (WB), protesting the death of two youth at North Dinajpur’s Islampur on September 20.

The WB police are out in full force in capital Kolkata and other sensitive districts, as many as 4000 police personnel have been deployed.

Protesters in West Bengal vandalised private buses in Howrah’s Tikiapara area and clashes between the Trinamool and BJP supporters have been reported in Barasat.

Government buses have been vandalised in Cooch Behar and Midnapore and the drivers of the buses were seen wearing helmets while driving to keep themselves safe from the protests by BJP workers.

However, the Trinamool government warned that strict action will be taken against those trying to enforce the 12-hour bandh today.

Party general secretary and state education minister Partha Chatterjee accused the BJP of trying to incite trouble in the state and said all steps will be taken to ensure normal life is not affected.  

Chatterjee on Tuesday had asked schools and colleges to remain open.

Two students were killed on Friday after protesters clashed with the police in Islampur.

Reports say, the clashes erupted over protests over the appointment of Urdu teachers in a local government school.