Just a day after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee made scathing attacks on the BJP, the saffron party workers took a protest march from the heart of Kolkata's Central Avenue to the police headquarters at Lal Baazar to demand justice for BJP workers who have been slain in political violence.
A short while into the protest, the BJP workers were obstructed by barricading, and when they attempted to pass it, the police resorted to using water cannons and smoke shells to disperse them. BJP party workers from all over the state had made their way to the state capital to participate in the protest march led by BJP leaders Mukul Roy and Dilip Ghosh, among other leaders from the state.
The party workers are seen attempting to climb over the barricades following which the police fire the water cannons at the crowd, trying to disperse them. Loud chants of 'Jai Shri Ram' can be heard as the workers continue their protest despite the retort from the police. In retaliation, the participants of the protest are seen trying to dislodge the barricades to push their way forward, however, the police increase the force of the water cannon and deploy smoke shells.
A day earlier, Mamata Banerjee held a padayatra with the bust of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar and accused the party of trying to harm the culture, language, and sentiments of the people of Bengal. She also accused the BJP as having been the orchestrator of the violence that took place on May 14, leading to the vandalizing of Vidyasagar's statue.
West Bengal has been in a state of violence ever since the elections began and it still continues to be so. Members of both Trinamool and the BJP have been victims of the violence and have traded accusations against each other. Mamata Banerjee also on Tuesday took a dig at the Governor of Bengal, Keshari Nath Tripathi, accusing him of playing to the Centre's tunes. However, the BJP maintains their stand that they had no connection with the May 14 violence and continue to demand the CCTV footages of the incident be made public.