India's West Bengal government led by Mamata Banerjee was hit by a 12-hour shutdown thanks to the State’s Congress and Left parties on Friday. The parties are calling on the police crackdown on their supporters a day before to be condemned.
The State's main opposition party BJP, however, is not supporting other parties' shutdown call.
The protesters have blocked the railway tracks in certain areas. Opposition Congress, Left Parties Stage Shutdown in India’s West Bengal Over Police Crackdown.
North 24 Paraganas: Left party workers block train track at Kanchrapara railway station, to protest after its workers were allegedly beaten up during a march to Nabanna in Kolkata yesterday— tv9gujarati (@tv9gujarati) February 12, 2021
The #LeftFront has called a 12-hour bandh in #WestBengal today. #TV9News pic.twitter.com/ieXbTF3IfZ
They political parties’ workers have also blocked roads across the state capital Kolkata in the initial hours of the state-wide shutdown.
कोलकाता: CPIM और कांग्रेस के कार्यकर्ताओं ने रोड ब्लॉक किया।— The UP Khabar (@theupkhabar) February 12, 2021
कोलकाता के नबाना में कल वाम मोर्चा कार्यकर्ताओं को रैली के दौरान कथित रूप से पीटा गया, जिसके बाद वाम मोर्चा ने पश्चिम बंगाल में आज 12 घंटे तक बंद का आह्वान किया है। #WestBengal #bangalelection pic.twitter.com/kDLl65hsnd
Day-to-day activities in Birbhum district remain unaffected amid a 12-hour bandh call by Left Front in the state— Jagran English (@JagranEnglish) February 12, 2021
Members of Left parties & Congress protest on roads after workers of Left were allegedly beaten up during a march
“We request people to support our Bandh (shutdown). Urging them to stay off the roads, and close the shops and other business establishments during the period,” Left Front Chairman Biman Bose told reporters.
Siliguri: The Left Front has called for a 12-hour bandh in #WestBengalBandh today to protest after its workers were allegedly beaten up during a march to #Nabanna in Kolkata yesterday pic.twitter.com/0w3hv3WHLU— TOI Kolkata (@TOIKolkata) February 12, 2021
However, State chief Banerjee has opposed the shutdown call and directed all government employees to report for work. “Those who don’t will face stringent deductions,” a government notice stated.
Meanwhile, around 150 protesters and 15 policemen were injured after the Left, and Congress activists were prevented from reaching the state secretariat, the state chief’s office said on Thursday.
After the uproar between police and students, clashes at several places were reported in the city of Kolkata.
The police said 42 protesters were arrested and another 38 have been hospitalised.