Violent clashes broke out during BJP president Amit Shah's roadshow in the heart of Kolkata, as sticks were hurled at Shah’s truck and even at the Police who were manning the crowd.
In an attempt to the disrupt the roadshow, the attackers began attacking the Police and along with that, waved black flags, held placards and raised anti-BJP slogans outside the University of Calcutta.
Soon after, a scuffle broke out between the miscreants and the BJP workers, following which the Police resorted to lathi-charge.
According to on-ground witnesses, alleged supporters of various political parties were seen throwing bricks and bottles. The witnesses further said that many of them have been seriously injured during the clash.
In a show of strength ahead of the final phase of polls, BJP national President Amit Shah Tuesday held a massive road show in the city in support of the party's candidates.
The rally started at around 4.30 PM from Esplande area in central Kolkata to Swami Vivekananda's house in north Kolkata. Shah stood atop a decorated truck along with BJP's North Kolkata and South Kolkata candidates Rahul Sinha and Chandra Kumar Bose respectively and was seen waving at the crowds.
Tableaux highlighting the culture of various parts of the state and country were seen moving ahead of the convoy. Waving party flags, BJP supporters were heard shouting slogans like 'Jai Shri Ram', 'Narendra Modi Zindabad' and 'Amit Shah Zindabad'. People dressed as Lord Ram and Lord Hanuman were also seen in the rally.
Earlier in the day, ahead of the roadshow, the BJP alleged that its campaign paraphernalia had been taken down before the start of Amit Shah's roadshow in the state capital. The party alleged that its posters had been removed and flags torn.
Violence was witnessed at each phase of the elections in the state so far.
(With PTI inputs)