Shattered shields, injured leaders: Visuals lay bare violence on Kolkata streets at BJP rally against TMC

Several police personnel as well as BJP leaders and workers sustained injuries as the party’s “protest rally against corruption” in West Bengal turned violent on Tuesday, September 13. Visuals from Kolkata streets showed violent mobs pelting the police with stones and bricks as well as attacking them with lathis and setting fire to the Kolkata Police’s cars. They also showed injured BJP leaders.

In one of the visuals, a policeman can be seen trying to shield himself in vain as a mob hurled bricks at him and rained blows on him with lathis. The impact of the mob attack even shattered the cop’s riot shield in two halves.

A few metres away from him, another policeman was pushed to the ground as the mob thrashed him. However, a few people from the mob pulled him up and escorted him to safety, shielding him from the blows.

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One of the officers, identified as Debjit Chatterjee, suffered a broken hand in the attack.

Meanwhile, images shared by BJP state executive member Shishir Bajoria showed ex-MP Swapan Dasgupta sitting on a bench with one side of his body covered in mud. Dasgupta was interacting with the party workers when the police rained down on them, the BJP claimed.

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Leader of the Opposition in the West Bengal Assembly Suvendu Adhikari, the party’s Hooghly MP Locket Chatterjee and senior leader Rahul Sinha and several other leaders were detained by the police.

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Suvendu Adhikari alleged that he was manhandled by a woman cop amid the protests. BJP national vice-president Dilip Ghosh too left the site in the midst of a lathi-charge.

According to Kolkata Police, there was no report of any serious injury to any protesters, though several police personnel have suffered injuries.

Another visual showed a police car being set on fire near a police station in central Kolkata’s Burrabazar area this afternoon. Burrabuzar is one of the busiest wholesale markets in the city and visuals from the spot showed almost all shops had downed their shutters in the middle of the day.

Earlier in the day, police resorted to tear gas and water cannons to disperse protesters marching as part of the BJP’s ‘Nabanna Abhijan’. The BJP had hired several trains – three from north Bengal and four from south Bengal – to bring its party members and supporters from different parts of the state to the metropolis and Howrah for the march against the state government.

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