New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) called for a statewide bandh on September 26 to protest against the police action in a school in which a college student died after being injured in Islampur clash. The bandh will be observed for 12 hours from dawn to dusk. Also Read - Jute Sector May Face Dilution in Foodgrains Packaging Due to Lockdown: Official
According to reports, on September 20, students of a north Bengal school staged a protest demanding the appointment of teachers of science and literature. The protest led to a clash between them and police in which a former student died and another got severely injured. In the clash, some policemen and locals were also injured. Also Read - Must Watch | After 'Kamal, Kamal', BJP Leader's Breathless 'Corona Corona' Chant Goes Viral
The death toll has reached two. Rajesh Sarkar, an ITI student, died on Thursday. While another deceased, identified as Tapas Barman, succumbed to injuries in North Bengal Medical College and Hospital, officials said on Saturday. Barman was a local resident and former student of Daribhit High School in Islampur area. Trouble brewed over recruitment of Urdu teachers for the school as students said they needed Science and English teachers.
According to PTI, SP Sumnit Kumar has admitted that the deceased student had received bullet injuries and said the police were investigating who fired the gunshots.
Kumar said people in the mob were carrying illegal arms and bombs, and 14 police constables were injured in the clash. He said seven people, including some BJP supporters, were detained in connection with the incident.
On Friday also, the BJP had called a 12-hour bandh from 6 am in North Dinajpur district. Schools, colleges and other educational institutions were closed in the affected area. Two government buses were ransacked by bandh supporters in Raiganj, while private vehicles remained mostly off roads.
Train services, however, remained unaffected. The ruling Trinamool Congress and the Opposition BJP traded charges over the incident.
(With PTI inputs)