Many injured in pitched battles between police, Left Front protesters at Kolkata

Many injured in pitched battles between police, Left Front protesters at Kolkata

A similar protest two years ago saw the Left supporters fight a pitched battle with police throwing traffic out of gear in several parts of the city and Howrah.

Over 100 Left activists and 79 police personnel were injured in clashes today at various places in the city and neighbouring Howrah during a protest march by the opposition party to the state secretariat against the Trinamool Congress government's policies. Clashes erupted as protesters tried to breach barricades set up by the police near the secretariat.

Left party sources on the other hand said many of their leaders including former state minister Kanti Ganguly, Foward Bloc leader Naren Chatterjee and hundreds of workers were injured when the police resorted to the "unprovoked batoncharge".

One group of 22 lawmakers led by legislator Sujan Chakraborty, though, managed to sneak through and reached the secretariat's north gate where they were stopped. At a press conference later, Supratim Sarkar, additional commissioner of police (III) regretted the assault on scribes and said the incident will be investigated.

Nearly two years since a march to the state secretariat Nabanna in August 2015 by Left peasants' organisations turned violent after police blocked their way, strict arrangements have been made to avoid any untoward situation during a similar rally tomorrow.

Mishra said, "Everything is being done according to the chief minister's instruction".

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Some journalists covering the programme were allegedly beaten up by the police. The Left Front organised the March To Nabanna to highlight the corruption in Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's government. But they (the TMC government) can not stop us this way.

While the administration claimed the police were compelled to use force, organizers alleged the police attacked and injured their supporters.

Left protesters at the 'Nabanno Abhijan'Twitter/Syeda Shabana‏.

The Left also took potshots at the West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. Roads leading to the State secretariat have been barricaded.

BJP leader Rahul Sinha demanded strict action against the police officials responsible for carrying out the baton charge on protestors.

LF chairman Biman Bose announced that a statewide condemnation Day would be observed on Tuesday.

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