Reports of mayhem transpired in the state of West Bengal as Kolkata’s Central Avenue and Esplanade areas were disturbed by commotion. Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), the youth wing of BJP held a rally on Wednesday, September 11, in an effort to raise a concerning issue. The BJYM got on the streets to protest against high electricity tariffs in Kolkata. The BJYM alleges that there happens to be rampant corruption in the meter reading. The police fired water cannons at BJYM workers as they were marching towards the office of the Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation (CESC). The CESC distributes power to Kolkata and its adjoining areas. The police stopped the BJYM workers at the Chandni Chowk metro station, pausing the protest.
The BJYM workers were protesting against the recent hike in the electricity tariff introduced by the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The protesters were attacked with water cannons, tear gas and were restrained with the help of barricades. There have been reports of five workers sustaining injuries. They have been admitted to the Kolkata Medical College and Vishudhanad hospital. The police have also arrested Raju Banerjee and Sayantan Basu, the state general secretaries of the BJP. The Central Avenue and Esplanade areas are brimming with tension as violence erupted in the vicinity, leading to the arrest of several leaders.
The BJYM has accused the CESC of getting special favours by the ruling party in the state. The Janata Yuva blamed the TMC for plundering the people by charging monstrous rates to provide electricity to the common people. The electricity rates in Bengal are much higher than in other states. The BJYM called this 'unethical' stating that the CESC is not following the guidelines of the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission. The party in a statement asserted that electricity is a regular commodity, hence its tariff of the electricity (per unit) should be at par with other states.