Kolkata: Left protestors clash with police demanding fair price for farmer's produce

The call to organise "March to Nabanna" to raise pro-farmer demands was sent out by CPM farmers' wing, All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS).

Joint Commissioner of city police (HQ) Supratim Sarkar told reporters here that as many as 182 people, including 45 women were arrested in connection with the violence in Kolkata.

CPI-M state secretary and politburo member Surjya Kanta Mishra and Left Front chairman Biman Bose staged a sit-in at Mayo Road in protest against the police action. "Are they police or hooligans in uniform?" he asked.

Kolkata Police along with their counterparts in Howrah, have chalked out special plans to counter the rally to Nabanna tomorrow, he said adding, there will be three-level security arrangements tomorrow.

At 1 p.m., the Left workers from the city as also near and far flung districts gathered at five points here and in Howrah and tried to march to the secretariat, but came up against stiff resistance from the heavily-armed police. Mediapersons were also not spared as cops lathicharged them brutally.

Outnumbered, the police lobbed teargas shells at the demonstrators and baton-charged them. It has brought traffic in a few places of the city to a standstill. Vehicular movements on Vidyasagar Setu became standstill. A similar situation occurred at Howrah, Shibpur, Hastings, Khiddirpur and several other locations, causing the Left Front workers to fight with the police. They forcefully stopped us and later put us in police vans. She went to Birbhum district to attend an administrative meeting.

The Left Front had decided to opt for a ‘Nabanna march’ to protest on various issues including corruption in governance by the Trinamool Congress

Meanwhile, Mohammed Salim of the Communist Party has said that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has turned West Bengal into a police state. A scuffle then took place between the Left leaders and the police there, he said. Among them, 100 suffered deep injuries.

After the adjournment motion was disallowed by the Speaker, Left Front MLAs raised posters, held black flags and shouted anti-government slogans in the House. "A protest day will be observed tomorrow throughout the state".

"We express regret over the way journalists have been beaten up while covering a news story", Chatterjee said in the state assembly. So they tried to march to Nabanna. They are neither with the people nor serve them.

"The chief minister has fled from the city. It is nothing but a drama".

While the administration claimed the police were compelled to use force, organizers alleged the police attacked and injured their supporters.

  • Joanne Flowers