Kolkata: Police lathicharged ISF protesters, many injured, 100 people including MLA arrested

Kolkata Police Arrested ISF MLA: Opposition Indian Secular Front (ISF) protest in central Kolkata’s Esplanade area turned violent on Saturday afternoon as several policemen and ISF workers were injured in clashes with the police. Have become. Naushad Siddiqui, the lone MLA in the West Bengal Assembly of the ISF who is leading the protest, and around 100 of the party’s supporters have been arrested, a senior police official said.

ISF was protesting at Dorina crossing against alleged attacks by ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) party workers at Bhangar in South 24 Parganas district. The protesters blocked traffic around the crucial Jawaharlal Nehru Road intersection, following which the police requested them to clear Jawaharlal Nehru Road and restore traffic.

19 policemen were injured

Kolkata Police Commissioner Vineet Goyal said, "They (protesters) were adamant and after an altercation attacked one of our officers. Our officers intervened and then party workers started pelting stones at our officers. We had to use tear gas shells to disperse them." Explain that at least 19 policemen, including some officers, were injured in the melee.

Vineet Goyal told reporters after meeting the injured policemen at SSKM Hospital, "The injured are being treated. Some are admitted in SSKM Hospital, while some are in Calcutta Medical College." The number of ISF supporters injured in the police action is not known.

Deployment of RAF and Armed Policemen

According to the information, a large number of police forces including RAF and armed policemen have been deployed in the area. Several top police officers reached the spot to control the crowd. After about an hour of struggle, the police cleared the road and dispersed the protesters, but sporadic incidents of stone pelting continued for some time.

100 ISF workers including MLA arrested

The MLA was first detained and later arrested. At least 100 ISF workers who were returning to Bhangar after attending the meeting were also arrested. Siddiqui condemned the police inaction in Bhangar and the use of force against peaceful protesters at Esplanade prior to his detention.

Why the ruckus started?

A day earlier, TMC workers allegedly set fire to the party offices of the ISF in Bhangar. However, the ruling party claimed that the ISF has worked to vitiate the atmosphere in the area over the past few days by bringing in armed men and attacking their supporters. 

Maulvi Abbas Siddiqui formed the ISF

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