The Bengal police used “disproportionate force” to crack down on BJP protesters, for which the Mamata Banerjee authorities ought to be blamed, the BJP’s Swapan Dasgupta informed NDTV in the present day in an unique interview. “I don’t blame the police. I blame the state government. Mamata Banerjee does not want a protest from the BJP. She is happy to allow protests from the Left but not the BJP,” he stated.
Parts of state capital Kolkata and neighbouring Howrah was battle zone in the course of the BJP protest earlier in the present day. Protesters making their technique to the state secretariat from varied elements of town clashed with the police. Videos from the spot confirmed flag-waving protesters taking over the police, beating them with bamboo poles. There was arson too, with a police automobile being torched within the busy Mahatma Gandhi Road space of central Kolkata.
The police used batons, tear fuel and water cannons to deliver the group below management. A gaggle of leaders, together with Leader of the Opposition Suvendu Adhikari and MP Locket Chatterjee had been detained.
Mr Dasgupta, who had participated in in the present day’s protests and emerged trying shaky, stated the police had first used water cannons, which was instantly adopted by tear fuel. Then they used batons on the protesters, unleashing panic and chaos.
Calling it a tragic day for democracy, he stated, “Ours was a high-spirited, but peaceful demonstration… Look at the steps they (the police) took. Police entered railway platforms, which is outside their jurisdiction, and got people out. Where Suvendu Adhikari was protesting, they put metal barricades to stop people from coming.”
Asked in regards to the movies of violence, the place flag-waving protesters had been seen focusing on the police, he stated all of that occurred “outside the main body of demonstration, which gives rise to suspicion on who were these protesters”.
The Trinamool has claimed that the police confirmed excessive restraint in face of BJP provocation, citing the police firing in 1993 by which 13 Trinamool staff had been killed in Kolkata.
Pointing out that regardless of being below assault from protesters by which a number of policemen had been injured, the police didn’t open fireplace, Trinamool’s Sougata Roy had informed NDTV that the BJP plan was to impress the drive until they opened fireplace.
Reiterating the BJP’s huge criticism in opposition to the ruling Trinamool Congress, Mr Dasgupta claimed that politics in Bengal has turn into violent through the years. “Let us hope the same does not happen in the build up to 2024”.
The BJP protest, he stated, was a motion and anger over the circumstances of corruption in opposition to Trinamool leaders. Asked in regards to the allegations in opposition to Trinamool leaders who joined the BJP — a scenario the opposition events have dubbed whitewash — he stated in Suvendu Adhikari’s case, “there is no evidence”.
“Compare this case to the many cases against Trinamool leaders… the heaps of money being recovered from rooms and under the bed,” he stated, with out naming the state’s former minister Partha Chatterjee, who was sacked after crores had been discovered from the home of his shut aide Arpita Mukherjee.