One dead as BJP workers clash with police in Bengal, party calls north Bengal bandh on Tuesday

Police fired teargas shells and used water cannons on Monday to quell a violent protest called by the Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) against the Mamata Banerjee government during which a BJP worker died, officials said. Several protesters and police personnel were injured in clashes.

The BJP alleged that a party worker identified as Ullen Ray was “beaten to death” by the police during a baton charge. However, police claimed there was no lathicharge and the cause of death of the protester was being ascertained. The BJP condemned the police action and demanded imposition of president’s rule in West Bengal in view of “breakdown of law and order”.

Senior TMC MP Sougata Roy insisted police showed restraint by not resorting to firing despite serious provocation. Roy alleged the BJP was repeatedly trying to create disturbance in the state in the name of democratic movements.

He said though it was unfortunate that many BJP workers were injured, the situation had gone out of control. In October this year, similar clashes between police and BJP supporters took place during the ‘March to Nabanna’, the state secretariat in Howrah district.

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