Two arrested for waving black flags at Narendra Modi's convoy in Kolkata, including Congress student wing president

  • Two persons were on Sunday arrested here for waving black flags at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's convoy, police sources confirmed

  • One of the two was identified as Sourav Prasad, the president of the West Bengal unit of the Congress Chatra Parishad, they said

  • He was held from outside Netaji Indoor Stadium where Modi had come to attend a programme organised by the Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT), police said

Kolkata: Two persons were on Sunday arrested here for waving black flags at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's convoy, police sources confirmed. One of the two was identified as Sourav Prasad, the president of the West Bengal unit of the Congress Chatra Parishad, they said.

He was held from outside Netaji Indoor Stadium where Modi had come to attend a programme organised by the Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT), police said. The incident took place at around 11 am when Modi's convoy was entering the stadium, a senior officer of Kolkata Police said.

 Two arrested for waving black flags at Narendra Modis convoy in Kolkata, including Congress student wing president

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Kolkata, Saturday, along with West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar. PTI

"As the Prime Minsiters's convoy was entering through the Kshudiram Anushilan Kendra gate, two persons appeared from the crowd and started raising slogans of 'Modi go back' and 'chhatra parishad zindabad'," he said.

"They also took out black flags which were hidden in their trousers and began waving them," he added. The policemen present there immediately nabbed the duo, the officer said.

However, the police denied that the incident was a security breach. "Prime Minister's convoy was far off from the spot where these two were waving the flags... There was no security breach," another senior officer said.

Modi arrived here on Saturday on a two-day visit to participate in sesquicentenary celebrations of the Kolkata Port Trust and dedication of heritage buildings to the nation.

Students, mostly affiliated to the Congress and the Left parties, continued protests for the second consecutive day on Sunday against the amended citizenship act, despite Modi's assurance that the new law would not harm the interests of any citizen.

Activists, who had hit the streets on Saturday with placards that read 'Modi go back' and 'down with BJP', continued their sit-in all night at Esplanade area in the state capital on Sunday, insisting that their agitation would continue till the prime minister leaves the city.

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Updated Date: Jan 13, 2020 08:29:07 IST