Major clashes broke out between the West Bengal Police and BJP workers during the saffron party’s ‘Nabanna Chalo’ agitation on Thursday. BJP is protesting against the alleged killing of its workers.
The BJP President Jagat Prakash Nadda, in a series of tweets on the Nabanna incident, said: “Mamata Banerjee’s karyakartas and the Gov machinery led by her have unleashed brute force upon BJP karyakartas in an attempt to prevent them from holding protests against her tyrannical & bloodied misrule in West Bengal. Such misuse of power is totally unacceptable & condemnable.”
“Beating up peaceful protestors, hurling country made bombs and using water cannon on their protest march show Mamata Banerjee’s frustration because she knows that her days in power are numbered and the people of Bengal have made up their mind to throw out her tyrannical govt,” he added.
He further said, “The only thing Mamata Banerjee’s government has done better than the previous Left regimes is increasing brutality and political violence against political opponents. Bengal has been burning under her administration, which patronises violent elements.”
“I want to clearly tell her again that BJP karyakartas have resolved to fight her corrupt, violent and dictatorial rule democratically to restore Bengal’s lost glory and pride. The people of Bengal and BJP will defeat her regime lock, stock and barrel,” he concluded.
Likewise, the Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that “BJP strongly condemns barbaric treatment by Bengal Police of senior party leaders. We would like very politely to say to Mamata Ji & TMC, by using Police & lathis you won’t succeed in stopping BJP’s expansion. Around 1500 BJP workers have been injured.”
“I have been told that the water (water cannons) had some chemical in it which is why people have been vomiting,” he added.
However, Alapan Bandyopadhyay, Chief Secy, West Bengal, said that “No chemical was used in cannon water, it is wrong information. The intent globally to use coloured water is to identify a person post dispersal for further necessary action as per the law if required.”
“Evidence of violent incidents have been found, firearm recovered, policemen were also attacked. 89 persons were detained in Kolkata Police area & 24 detained in Howrah Police area. Some police personnel have sustained injuries,” he added.