New Delhi: Kolkata police on Wednesday lathi-charged and used tear gas shells on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers who were protesting against the Trinamool Congress (TMC) for allegedly killing their party colleagues in the state.
The BJP workers started marching in protest in Behari Ganguly Street after another party worker, Anil Singh from Englishbazar, Malda, was found murdered and burnt allegedly by TMC workers. Anil had been missing for a couple of days.
Party workers across the state gathered and marched towards the Kolkata police headquarters from Behari Ganguly Street and Lal Bazaar of Bashirhat area in Kolkata following the death of two party workers as a result of clashes with TMC.
During the protest, Kolkata police barricaded and used teargas shells and water cannons against the angry protesters. BJP supporters retaliated by trying to break the barricades.
The BJP and the TMC have been clashing in the state especially after the Lok Sabha elections ended with the saffron party making an emphatic entry into the state by winning 18 seats as opposed to the two seats won in 2014.
The bloody turmoil has caused the death of at least eight party workers while many more have been injured as both the parties continue their blame-game.
BJP leader Babul Supriyo blamed the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of provoking violence in the state. BJP leader Mukul Roy claims that four party members have been killed by TMC workers.
On the other hand, the TMC alleged that one of its workers, Qayum Mollah, was stabbed to death while two others were thrown into the water by BJP workers.