A protest yesterday by BJP against the wanton killings of its workers in West Bengal, mostly by goons of the ruling TMC, was attacked and faced a brutal crackdown by the Kolkata Police. Parts of Kolkata and Howrah resembled a war zone, and some shocking footage has emerged showing crude bombs being thrown, police firing tear gas shells, spraying chemical-laced water and lathi charging elderly supporters.
The protest march was primarily called by Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), the youth wing of the BJP, to Nabanna, the state secretariat. Several BJP activists, including some senior leaders, were injured. MP Jyotirmoy Singh Mahato and state secretary Raju Banerjee were injured, and Banerjee was admitted to a hospital.
Newly appointed BJYM President, Tejasvi Surya, MP from Bengaluru South, was in the thick of things.
This is what fascism looks like!
Country bombs hurled at our rally by TMC goons from rooftops.
Tear gas and water canons launched against a peaceful march.
— Tejasvi Surya (@Tejasvi_Surya) October 8, 2020
One particular video shot by a citizen shows what appears to be a uniformed cop throwing some sort of explosive (tear gas shell?) from the terrace of a house where other cops and a video crew recording footage of the protests below can also be seen –
This is West Bengal Police. Just see what they are doing. Share it max. pic.twitter.com/paymflcoqn
— Shash (@BefittingFacts) October 8, 2020
Police claimed they resorted to use of force when protesters tried to pull down barricades.
Tejasvi Surya and other party workers staged a sit-in before the Jorasanko police station in the city at 10 PM on Thursday night demanding an FIR be filed against police for the unprovoked attack. Three BJP MPs were manhandled by the police while they were demanding lodging of the FIR.
“This government has lost all moral rights to stay in power. Its police have mercilessly beaten up our men without any provocation leaving several party men and ‘karyakarta’ seriously injured and showered coloured water mixed with chemicals on Morcha members. Now when we have come to the police station to lodge an FIR and they (police) are even refusing to register that,” Surya told reporters.
Many observers are calling the harsh police action unprecedented. Kolkata is no stranger to large protests with Islamists routinely organizing massive rallies where incendiary speeches, traffic blockades and destruction of public property are often ignored by police which remains a mute spectator.
Below, we are sharing some viral videos that show the brutality of the action against BJP workers.
Warning: distressing images, viewer discretion advised.
— Abhijit Majumder (@abhijitmajumder) October 8, 2020
— Chayan Chatterjee (@Satyanewshi) October 8, 2020
— Chayan Chatterjee (@Satyanewshi) October 9, 2020
While WB Chief Secretary Alapon Bandhapodhay dismissed the coloured chemical water sprayed on protesters as ‘Holi colour’, the chemical was revealed to be jute violet powder, very harmful if it goes inside the eyes or intestine.
The trigger for this belated protest by BJP was the murder of its councillor Manish Shukla in Titagarh, preceded by the murders of dozens of of party workers and even an MLA in the last few years. Even Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar has spoken against the abysmal law & order situation in the state, but his words have fallen on deaf ears of CM Mamata Banerjee’s administration.
Mainstream media (MSM) reporting on this issue is driven by the same anti-Hindu bias which drives its coverage of other issues like crimes against women, or humanitarian laws like CAA designed to provide relief to persecuted Hindus and other minority refugees from Bharat’s Islamic neighbours. Most MSM reports are indicating that BJP workers were responsible for the violence during yesterday’s protest, and are treating the serious issue of targeted silencing of opposition voices in West Bengal as ‘routine political violence.’
We at HinduPost have called for the Union Govt. to intervene in no uncertain terms to end the systematic targeting and elimination of BJP and Hindu workers in WB. However, Mamata’s repression using state machinery seems to be having the unintended effect of hardening the resolve of BJP supporters even more – they were seen using the river route to make it to protest sites after roads were shut down. But unless the Union Govt. act, things are bound the get even more bloodier for BJP workers as we get closer to the 2021 assembly elections.
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