In order to protest against the killing of two students in Islampur, Uttar Dinajpur in West Bengal the state unit of BJP has called for a 12-hour bandh. The BJP had announced the protest on Wednesday. Following the announcement, the Mamata Banerjee-led government said that they will make sure that the protest is carried out in a peaceful manner. Assuring protection to everyone, the government has reportedly deployed more than 3,500 police personnel and over 400 pickets.

As per the state transport department, over 2,500 government buses will be operating. The government has announced that if the vehicles get damaged during the protest, they will ensure full compensation from their side.

The announcement of 12-hour Bengal Bandh by BJP met strong criticism as State Education Minister Partha Chatterjee accused the BJP of foiling development in the state by calling out the protests. He added that TMC workers have been put on alert to monitor the situations. He added that security officials have been instructed to respond if situations go out f hand.

The 12-hour bandh has already begun in the state as several trains have been blocked by the protestors. Media reports say that several buses have also been vandalised.

The following protest  has been called following the death of a third-year student Tapas Barman, who succumbed to injuries in the north Bengal Medical College and Hospital (BMCH) and the death of an ITI student Rajesh Sarkar.

Here are the LIVE updates from 12-hour Bengal band clalled by the state BJP unit:

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21:22 (IST)

The Calcutta High Court orders state government to ensure normalcy

Meanwhile, after the torching of buses and stone pelting, the Calcutta High Court had on Wednesday ordered the Mamata government to ensure normalcy in the state.

21:11 (IST)

Protest held in Islampur area over the death of 2 students

The protest was held after the lynching of 2 students during a demonstration over the appointment of school teachers in Bengal's Islampur of North Dinajpur district.

21:08 (IST)

BJP calls off 12-hour bandh

The BJP has called off the 12-hour bandh in Mamata Banerjee's West Bengal, saying that the protest was an absolute success. In a presser, BJP's state chief Dilip Ghosh affirmed that never in the history of the state such peaceful protests has taken place.

13:48 (IST)

BJP holds 12-hour bengal bandh protests against the killing of two students

Several parts of the state are witnessing violence on a large scale. the following reports surface at the time when the Bengal government had beefed up the security deployment in various parts of the state.

11:25 (IST)

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11:25 (IST)

Clashes broke out between BJP and TMC workers

Clashes broke out between BJP and TMC workers when the BJP workers were trying to obstruct movement of trains. BJP has called for a statewide bandh today over the death of two students

10:41 (IST)

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10:41 (IST)

BJP distributes leaflets in Kolkata over the death 2 students

BJP MP Roopa Ganguly distributes leaflets in Kolkata, over the death 2 students in a clash with police in North Dinajpur

10:06 (IST)

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10:06 (IST)

JP has called for a 12-hour bandh in West Bengal today

Police have arrested 24 bandh supporters from Bagdogra and Naxalbari areas

08:52 (IST)

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08:52 (IST)

12-hour Bandh in West Bengal by BJP is underway

Security has been beefed up in the city to maintain normalcy during the 12-hour bandh. Bus drivers are said to be wearing helmets to protest themselves.

08:48 (IST)

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08:48 (IST)

12-hour Bandh in West Bengal is underway. the following protest have been called by the BJP to protest agaisnt the killing od two students in North Dinajpur's Islampur

The protestors have blocked the movement of the trains on Howrah-Bradhaman Main Line. The other rail tracks blocked by the BJP are Sealdah-Barasat Bongaon section of Eastern Railway Sealdah Division, Sealdah-Diamond Harbour Section and Bandel Katwa section on Eastern Railways Howrah Division.

08:45 (IST)

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08:45 (IST)

BJP has called for a 12-hour Bandh in West Bengal after two students died in police clashes in North Dinajpur's Islampur

The protestors have reportedly turned violent in Cooch Behar as reports suggest that stones were thrown on buses. In order to safe-guard themselves, the bus drivers are wearing helmets.

08:42 (IST)

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08:42 (IST)

BJP has called for a 12-hour bengal shutdown in order to protest against the killing of two students in police clashes

As per current reports from the state, the protestors have vandalised buses and torched tires on the streets of Mandipore.