CAA protests in West Bengal: Protesters block NH 34 in Murshidabad, stage sit-ins at Shondaliya, Kakra Mirzapur stations to oppose amendments to citizenship laws

  • Road and rail blockades continued in different parts of West Bengal on Saturday by people protesting against the amended Citizenship Act

  • Incidents of violence were reported from Murshidabad and North 24 Paraganas districts, and rural Howrah, police said

  • National Highway 34, one of the arterial roads that connect the north and south Bengal, was blocked in Murshidabad

Kolkata: Road and rail blockades continued in different parts of West Bengal on Saturday by people protesting against the amended Citizenship Act. Incidents of violence were reported from Murshidabad and North 24 Paragana districts, and rural Howrah, police said.

 CAA protests in West Bengal: Protesters block NH 34 in Murshidabad, stage sit-ins at Shondaliya, Kakra Mirzapur stations to oppose amendments to citizenship laws

Protestors block a railway track at Uluberia Station during their agitation on NRC and CAB issue at Uluberia Station in Howrah district of West Bengal. PTI

The National Highway 34, one of the arterial roads that connect the north and south Bengal, was blocked in Murshidabad. Several other roads in the district were also blocked, they said. In Howarh district's Domjur area, the National Highway 6 was blocked as protester set tyers ablaze and ransacked several vehicles, the police said.

Huge police contingent has been rushed to the spot to control the situation, they said. Train movements were also blocked in the Sealdah-Hasnabad section of the Eastern Railway. The agitators are staging sit-ins on the tracks at Shondaliya and Kakra Mirzapur stations of the section since 6.25 am, a railway spokesperson said.

Protests over the amended Citizenship Act reached the shores of West Bengal on Friday, with agitators resorting to violence and arson at railway stations and thoroughfares across the state, seeking immediate revocation of the law.

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Updated Date: Dec 17, 2019 15:15:02 IST