Left-police clash in Kolkata, MLAs try to sneak in to Secretariat

Left-police clash in Kolkata, MLAs try to sneak in to Secretariat

They had left for Nabanna in separate cars much before the protesters assembled in Calcutta, and had crossed the security cordons when the police recognised them.

Twenty of our MLAs reached the gate of Nabanna (Secretariat building) to protest against the rising unemployment, farmers' distress and other issues but the police did not let us in.

About three to four rallies were supposed to congregate at one place. Police personnel have also suffered injuries.

"Traffic disruptions will be specially around the Maidan area and towards the approach to the second Hooghly Bridge from AJC Bose Road".

Left protesters also demanded that democratic rights of people in the state must be maintained.

At 1 p.m., the Left workers from near and far flung districts as also the city gathered in large numbers at five points in Kolkata and Howrah - Rani Rashmoni Avenue, PTS (Race Course), Hastings, Howrah rail museum and Santragachi railway station - and tried to march to the state secretariat, but came up against stiff resistance from the heavily-armed police.

Police had to resort to massive lathi charge and firing of tear gas cells as the agitators broke through two consecutive barricades and guard-walls.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was not present at the secretariat as she was in Birbhum district for an administrative meeting.

A senior police officer when asked about it said, "I was not there but we have received some complaints in this regard. A protest day will be observed tomorrow throughout the state". "So they are trying to save their existence", said state Education Minister and Trinamool Secretary General Partha Chatterjee. "Our protest will continue till the state government apologises and takes action on those police officers who were involved".

Common people were left in the lurch amidst soaring temperature.

"The CPI-M has been reduced to a signboard", he said. So they now eye Nabanna.

"The chief minister has fled from the city".

Along with Leader of the Left Front Legislature Party Sujan Chakraborty, Leader of Opposition Abdul Mannan condemned police action against Left Front supporters. BJP leader Rahul Sinha demanded a judicial probe into the cops' assault on mediapersons.

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