Kolkata, May 25: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Kailash Vijayavargiya and Dilip Ghosh were arrested on Thursday while leading the demonstration against the Mamata Banerjee government in the state. Vijayavargiya and Ghosh were held under sections 188 under CRPC, for allegedly posing a threat to the law and order situation. Also Read - IPL 2021: Shahbaz Ahmed, Glenn Maxwell Inspire Royal Challengers Bangalore to 6-Run Win Over Sunrisers Hyderabad
The protest march was organised by state unit of BJP to protest against the “deteriorating law and order situation” in West Bengal. BJP MP Roopa Ganguly said the agitation is being organised to highlight the illegal arrests of several BJP cadres across the state. She further accused the ruling TMC of using coercionary tactics to prevent people from joining the BJP. Also Read - IPL 2021 Points Table After SRH vs RCB: Royal Challengers Bangalore Move to Top; Harshal Patel Reclaims Purple Cap, Nitish Rana Holds Orange
The police reportedly resorted to lathicharge to disperse the BJP workers who were leading the protest march. The workers, led by Vijayvargiya and Ghosh, were headed towards city police headquarters in Lal Bazaar area to submit their deputation. Also Read - Viral Video: Doctors from Kerala's Medical College Dance to 'Let the Music Play' to Support Dancing Medicos Who Were Trolled Online
Terming the arrest of Vijayvargiya and Ghosh as illegal, Ganguly said the TMC regime is using all methods possible to scuttle dissent. She further added that the protest was organised in a peaceful manner with no BJP worker violating the law and order.
The arrest of BJP leaders came in the backdrop of Left parties levelling similar accusations against the TMC regime of crushing opposition in an illegitimate manner. The protests organised by Communist Party of India (Marxist) and its associates on May 20, over the alleged low selling price offered to state farmers, was addressed in a similar manner by the police forces. The police reportedly resorted to lathicharge considering the alleged threat posed by Left workers to law and order situation.
“The TMC regime is murdering democracy in West Bengal. How can the Opposition not be allowed to protest? We have to raise our voice against the anti-farmer policies of this government,” said CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury.