Published On: Tue, May 14th, 2019

Kolkata hit with violence amid Amit Shah’s mega roadshow

Tuesday evening was one of the worst days for people in Kolkata during Lok Sabha elections when mega rally of Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah passed through northern part of the city.

Clashes broke out and first floor hallf of a college affiliated to Calcutta University was ransacked and statue of iconic figure of Bengal renaissance, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, was demolished.

Several people were injured and three motorcycles were set on fire. Some arrests were made by Kolkata police.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee accused BJP for damaging the statue. Amit Shah condemned the incident.

From eye witnesses it is learned the clashes were triggered following some students were spotted with posters at the Vidyasagar College that read, “go back Amit Shah.”

BJP supporters participating in the mega roadshow spotted the students and tried to break open main gate of the college. Soon the men in saffron rushed inside, towards the building and ransacked the hall.

Police immediately covered the area and situation was brought under control.

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BJP leaders demanded the Election Commission to bar Mamata Banerjee from campaigning and history-sheeters should be arrested in the state.

Later in the day Amit Shah said while talking to a TV channel, “There was an attempt by TMC hooligans to attack me. Mamata Banerjee tried to provoke violence. But I am safe.”

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