Clashes erupt in Kolkata and Howrah as police tried to block BJP march to Nabanna

Clashes were reported in Kolkata and Howrah as police tried to block a BJP march to Nabanna. The march was carried out in protest against the alleged corrupt practices of the TMC government.

The clashes created widespread tension in Kolkata, Howrah Maidan and Santragachi areas for several hours. Leader of Opposition Suvendu Adhikari and MP Locket Chattopadhyay and BJP leader Rahul Sinha were detained before the rally started. The procession started from Santragachi, Howrah Maidan and College Square towards state secretariat Nabaanna.

The police already blocked approach roads by barricades at Santragachi and Howrah Maidan. When  BJP workers tried to break the barricades, the police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse crowd. At Howrah Maidan, State President Sukanta Majumder, MP Jyotirmoy Singh Mahato and MLA Agnimitra Pal staged a sit-in protest. Later the police arrested them.

Police also stopped the procession of BJP workers in various places including Lalbazar, MG Road in Kolkata. Several BJP workers, including BJP councilor Meena Devi Purohit, were seriously injured by police lathi-charge.