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Clashes Erupt in India's Siliguri After 30 BJP Members Arrested for Organising Rally - Video

© Photo : Raju Bista/twitterTMC Police has arrested our Siliguri MLA and other Yuva Morcha karyakartas while they were carrying the National Flag celebrating the 75th Independence Year - 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav'
TMC Police has arrested our Siliguri MLA and other Yuva Morcha karyakartas while they were carrying the National Flag celebrating the 75th Independence Year - 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav' - Sputnik International, 1920, 17.08.2021
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The Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), the youth wing of India's ruling BJP, has organised bicycle rallies and marathons across 75 locations in the country to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the country's independence.
Clashes erupted between police and members of the federally ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Siliguri, West Bengal, on Tuesday, leading to the arrest of 30 party members for flouting COVID restrictions in public. 
Speaking to Sputnik, Raju Sheetri, a Siliguri police officer confirmed that members of the BJP and its youth wing - Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) - were arrested as they gathered in the city for a march to commemorate India's 75 years of independence.
He said they had not received the mandatory permissions against the backdrop of COVID third wave fears. 
In a video uploaded by the news agency ANI, young BJYM members can be seen holding the country's national flag and chanting slogans while being apprehended. 
​Sankar Ghosh, a Siliguri-based member of the legislative assembly (MLA) from the BJP was also arrested. 
​Targeting West Bengal State Chief Mamata Banerjee, BJP spokesperson Raju Bista questioned if carrying the national flag was now a crime in the eastern Indian state.
The BJP is the main opposition party in West Bengal.
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