Mamata blames BJP for violence during ‘March to Lalbazar'
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday blamed the BJP for violence during the saffron party's protest march towards Lalbazaar.
"There is no violence, it is the BJP, they were the one to start violence and also the CPM. See how they have beaten police including women, burnt govt properties," she told the media
The police in Kolkata had to resort to using water canons to disperse the BJP workers, who were marching towards Lalbazaar in protest against law and order situation in West Bengal. The police also arrested BJP leaders Kailash Vijayvargiya and Dilip Ghosh for leading the march.
West Bengal: BJP protest in Kolkata against state Government over law and order situation, water cannons used on protesters. pic.twitter.com/rX8C8rydIu— ANI (@ANI_news) May 25, 2017
The BJP had on Wednesday announced it will take out a 'March to Lalbazar' to protest against deteriorating law and order situation in the state. Lalbazaar is the headquarters of Kolkata Police and the protest rally was held against police's action during the recently concluded civic polls, charges against BJP functionaries, attack on the media and the deteriorating law and order situation.
BJP MP Roopa Ganguly reportedly said that police stopped their march without any reason. She said that they were marching towards the Kolkata Polcie headquarters to submit a representation.
The march suddenly turned violent which made police resort to lathicharge and use water cannons to disperse the protesters.
On Monday, the police had to resort to lathi-charge during Left front's "march to Nabanna" rally when the supporters had gathered on Mayo Road and started pelting stones at the police leaving 69 injured on Monday.
Several journalists were also injured during the police's baton charge on Monday.
The march comes at a time when West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is in Delhi to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi.