West Bengal: Police lathi-charge ISF demonstrators in Kolkata

22 January, 2023 | Pragati Singh

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On Saturday, Kolkata Police lathi-charged and hurled tear gas shells at protestors of the Indian Secular Front (ISF) at a convention held on the party’s foundation day in the Esplanade area i...

On Saturday, Kolkata Police lathi-charged and hurled tear gas shells at protestors of the Indian Secular Front (ISF) at a convention held on the party’s foundation day in the Esplanade area in downtown Kolkata.

While talking to ANI, Zulfikar Mullah, one of the demonstrators, said, “The situation escalated after the police lathi-charged. The police said the demonstration was causing jams in the area and asked us to disperse.” Another demonstrator, Sheikh Munirul said, “The authorities did not listen to us. They simply lathi-charged us. They broke our hands and some people also lost their mobile phones. We did not throw bricks. It was a peaceful protest.”

The ISF had stopped the route due to the incident at Bhangar. During the rally, ISF MLA Naushad Siddique was also detained.
Trinamool Congress (TMC) and ISF workers battled in the Bhangar region of the state’s South 24 Parganas district on Friday. When police attempted to disperse the throng today, protestors flung bricks at them.

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