BJP activists clash with cops in Kolkata
BJP workers, led by state unit president Dilip Ghosh, took out the rally from Central Avenue in Kolkata Police authorities had to use water cannons to disperse the BJP workers who protested against the civic body.
Clashes broke out between BJP activists and police in Kolkata on Wednesday, when the saffron party took out a rally here to protest against the spurt in dengue cases. The protest march, convened by the BJP Yuva Morcha, was taken out from Central Avenue in the city and was supposed to culminate at Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) headquarters, with the gherao of the civic body. Police authorities had to use water cannons to disperse the protesting BJP workers.
BJP workers protest near Kolkata Municipal Corporation office demanding a 'dengue free' Kolkata among other demands. Police use water cannons to disperse protesters. pic.twitter.com/Lc4xulfDEB— ANI (@ANI) November 13, 2019
Police, however, had put up a barricade near Chandni Chowk metro station to stop the rally. According to police sources, the officers had initially tried to pacify the saffron party activists, asking them to go back. The BJP supporters, in return, threw water bottles and stones at them, prompting police to use water cannon to dispel the crowd, the sources claimed. Several BJP activists were detained during the clashes, the police sources added.
BJP leader Rimjhim Mitra after being detained with party workers during protest: We had prior permission to hold a protest and the protest was peaceful. Male police personnel manhandled us. #Kolkata https://t.co/HQZWy6uthi pic.twitter.com/QktJbftseQ— ANI (@ANI) November 13, 2019
As many as 44,852 dengue cases have been reported from Kolkata and its adjoining areas, a report of the state health department has revealed. As per a government official, 25 people have died of dengue in the state since January. The BJP accused the TMC government and the KMC of trying to hush-up the numbers, rather than tackling the menace.