Left and Congress activists demanding jobs clashed with the police in central Kolkata’s Esplanade area on Thursday as they tried to break barricades on their way to state secretariat Nabanna, resulting in injuries to several participants and also the police.
Condemning the brutal attacks on students and young men and women by the “police force of the Trinamool Congress government”, Left Front Chairman Biman Bose announced a 12-hour West Bengal bandh by the Left and associate parties from 6 am today in protest.
Around 150 protesters and 15 policemen were injured after Left and Congress activists were prevented from reaching the Nabanna state secretariat in Howrah, resulting in clashes at several places in Kolkata. The police said 42 protesters were arrested and another 38 hospitalised.
“The way police unleashed atrocities on the participants in the march to Nabanna, it created a situation somewhat akin to the historic Jallianwala Bagh incident,” Bose said in a statement.