Congress calls for 12-hr bandh in WB on Jul 17

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Kolkata, Jul 17: The West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee (WBPCC) has called for 12-hour bandh in West Bengal on Friday, Jul 17. Hundreds of Congress supporters blocked the roads and staged demonstrations against CPM workers who allegedly attacked on 8 congress MLAs on Wednesday, Jul 15.

Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) Raj Konajia said, "The shutdown has been peaceful so far. We've not received any report of untoward incidents in any part of the state."

However, sources said a bus was damaged by Congress activists on Friday, Jul 17 morning at Baguihati near Kolkata's Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport. Later, Rapid Action Force personnel were deployed at the spot to bring the situation under control.

While the state Congress leadership said the 12-hour bandh has been called in 12 of the 19 districts of West Bengal. The party claimed that one of the supporters have died and five others five others were injured in clashes with the police during a 12-hour shutdown Thursday, Jul 17 in the violence-affected Mongolkote block in Burdwan district.

Eight Congress legislators of West Bengal were injured on Wednesday, Jul 15 when they were allegedly attacked by armed Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) cadres at Mongolkote.

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