Nabanna Chalo Rally: Police Car Torched Amid BJP's Massive Protest Against TMC; Suvendu Adhikari Detained

BJP supporters from across West Bengal started arriving in Kolkata and neighbouring Howrah to take part in the saffron party's 'Nabanna Abhijan' (march to secretariat) to protest against the alleged corrupt practices of the TMC government.

By Talibuddin Khan
Updated: Tue, 13 Sep 2022 04:32 PM IST
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Nabanna Chalo Rally: Police Car Torched Amid BJP's Massive Protest Against TMC; Suvendu Adhikari Detained
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THE WEST Bengal police on Tuesday detained several BJP leaders including LoP Suvendu Adhikari, Rahul Sinha and Locket Chatterjee from Hastings in Kolkata, while they were on their way to participate in BJP's mega Nabanna Chalo Rally, (state secretariate) to protest against corruption in TMC government.  

Prior to his detention, Suvendu Adhikari attacked the Mamata Banerjee-led government in Bengal and said that she is enforcing a North Korea-styled dictatorship in the state. 

"CM Mamata doesn't have the support of her people and so she is enforcing dictatorship, similar to North Korea in Bengal. Police will have to pay for what it's been doing since yesterday, BJP is coming," Suvendu Adhikari said.

Meanwhile, the police resorted to using water cannons and tear gas shells to disperse the crowd in the Santragachhi area of Howrah.

The detention of top Bengal BJP leaders came hours after the saffron brigade's workers who are on their way to Kolkata were detained from outside two railway stations in Bengal. The detention came after a clash between the police and the BJP workers outside the Raniganj railway station when workers were trying to catch a train to Kolkata.

Another clash between the police and BJP workers broke out inside the Bolpur railway station as police prevented workers to leave for Kolkata to participate in the Nabanna Chalo march. Several workers were detained in Bolpur too.

BJP supporters from across West Bengal started arriving in Kolkata and neighbouring Howrah to take part in the saffron party's 'Nabanna Abhijan' (march to secretariat) to protest against the alleged corrupt practices of the TMC government. The BJP has hired several trains - three from north Bengal and four from south Bengal - to bring its party members and supporters from different parts of the state to Kolkata.

Meanwhile, police made heavy deployment of personnel to stop BJP's Nabanna Abhiyan. The borders of Kolkata have been cordoned off with tight security to prevent the procession. Various roads across Kolkata have been blocked with barricades. To prevent the procession, the West Bengal Police has turned the 5-kilometre radius around Nabanna into a fortress.

"With hundreds of BJP workers heading towards Kolkata to join BJP's Nabanna march via trains, police barricaded paths to railway stations. 20 of our workers were stopped by police near Durgapur railway station. I reached here using other paths," said BJP leader Abhijit Dutta.

Trinamool Congress spokesperson Joy Prakash Majumdar, however, said the BJP is attempting to create disturbance in the city for its "narrow, partisan politics". "We urge everyone not to fall in their trap," he said.

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