Clashes erupt as cops block BJP’s march to Mamata Banerjee's office

Clashes erupt as cops block BJP’s march to Mamata Banerjee's office

Clashes broke out between BJP workers and the West Bengal Police in Kolkata on Thursday as the party workers tried to break through barricades during their march towards Bengal secretariat 'Nabanna'.

Thousands of BJP workers from Kolkata and Howrah began marching towards Nabanna to protest the "worsening" law and order in the state on Thursday afternoon. The Bengal police, however, blocked the march and the police personnel resorted to lathi-charge, used tear gas and water cannons on BJP workers at Santragachi in Howrah district.

"The police is lathi charging our people...stone-pelting being done from Khidirpur side. Can't the police see that?" BJP leader Locket Chatterjee said.

Several BJP leaders, including BJP state vice- president Raju Banerjee and MP Jyotirmoy Singh Mahato, have reportedly been injured.

Chaotic scenes were witnessed as BJP workers retaliated by hurling stones at cops. Following Bengal police crackdown, BJP workers also set ablaze tires in Howrah during party's state-wide agitation in Kolkata.