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West Bengal Bandh updates: Fresh violence breaks out in Islampur, where two students were killed; police fires teargas shells

West Bengal Bandh LIVE updates: Fresh violence broke out in Islampur, where two students were killed in alleged police firing. Reports said that protesters torched a bus and clashed with the police, following which the police fired teargas shells.

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West Bengal Bandh updates: Fresh violence breaks out in Islampur, where two students were killed; police fires teargas shells

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Sept 26, 2018 - 15:46 (IST)

Bus torched in Kolkata's Brabourn Road by bandh supporters

Input by A Ghosh, Team101 Reporters

Sept 26, 2018 - 12:31 (IST)

Violence broke out in Islampur, where two students were killed

Fresh violence broke out in Islampur, where two students were killed in alleged police firing. Reports said that protesters torched a bus and clashed with the police, following which the police fired teargas shells. 

Input by A Ghosh, Team 101 Reporters

Sept 26, 2018 - 12:19 (IST)

Sporadic violence during BJP-called Bengal shutdown

Sporadic incidents of violence and vandalism were reported from some West Bengal districts on Wednesday during the BJP sponsored 12-hour shutdown in the state. Normal life though remained largely unaffected in the capital city and adjoining suburbs. 

Most of the impact of the shutdown was felt in parts of North Dinajpur district where two youths were allegedly killed during a clash last week between agitating students and the police over teacher recruitment at a state-run school. 

The BJP supporters created road blockades in several areas in the district by felling tree trunks and burning tyres in the Islampur area. A number of state-run buses were vandalised and set on fire. Women and youths, armed with bamboo sticks and iron rods, were seen obstructing the traffic on the roads.

Sept 26, 2018 - 12:05 (IST)

BJP demands CBI probe into death of two students 

BJP has demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the death of two Islampur students who were killed in alleged police firing. The students were protesting seeking the deployment of teachers for subjects like Math, Science, and History. 

Sept 26, 2018 - 11:47 (IST)

40 BJP workers arrested from Dilip Ghosh's rally at Hazra More in Kolkata

After BJP leader Dilip Ghosh took out a protest march at Hazra More, the police has arrested at least 40 of party's cadres from the area. A TMC rally is later scheduled to be held at the same spot. 

With inputs from Team101 reporters    

Sept 26, 2018 - 11:33 (IST)

12-year-old injured in police lathicharge in Murshidabad

A 12-year-old child, who was reportedly supporting the bandh in Murshidabad, was injured as police was trying to round up the protesters. He was walking away when police lathi charged the protesters and released a tear gas. 

Input by A Ghosh, Team101 Reporters

Sept 26, 2018 - 11:25 (IST)

Dilip Ghosh starts rally in Rash Behari avenue in Kolkata

Sept 26, 2018 - 11:14 (IST)

Kolkata unaffected by BJP's shutdown call; clashes reported from other parts of state

Normal life in main Kolkata remained largely unaffected by the bandh call, however, reports of minor clashes and protests came from city's suburbs and other parts of the state surfaced. Rail and road transport was hit in Burdwan, North 24 Parganas, and Uttar Dinajpur districts amid other pockets. 

Sept 26, 2018 - 11:06 (IST)

Bandh takes effect in North Murshidabad district; rail services hit 

Sept 26, 2018 - 11:05 (IST)

BJP leader Dilip Ghosh to address rally in Rash Behari, Kolkata

BJP leader Dilip Ghosh is set to address a rally in Kolkata's Rash Behari avenue. After Roopa Ganguly, Ghosh's would be the next big event planned as part of bandh call and protests planned for the day. The state administration has made heavy police bundobust ahead of the rally. A special team of woman police officers are also deployed. 


West Bengal Bandh Latest updates: Fresh violence broke out in Islampur, where two students were killed in alleged police firing. Reports said that protesters torched a bus and clashed with the police, following which the police fired teargas shells.

Normal life in main Kolkata remained largely unaffected by the bandh call, however, reports of minor clashes and protests came from city's suburbs and other parts of the state surfaced. Rail and road transport was hit in Burdwan, North 24 Parganas, and Uttar Dinajpur districts amid other pockets.

BJP leader Roopa Ganguly reached Kolkata's Gariahat with party cadres and took out a march. She slammed the TMC government for stiffling dissent and "mercilessly killing people". Roopa also questioned police' claims that the two protesting students in Islampur did not die in police firing. She said that if the police's claims were true, why was the autopsy conducted in the dead of the night.

Police lathicharged BJP supporters in Neamatpur of Asansol who were blocking roads and burning tyres on GT road. Later, many BJP supporters were arrested by the police. The party's procession moved all across the Neamatpur Bazar area.

The West Bengal police has deployed a top cop at every  major traffic point. The security has been tightened across state as the TMC government has warned of strict action against anyone trying to disrupt normal life.

The train services have taken a massive hit in several parts of West Bengal. Services came to a total standstill at all major stations in North 24 Parganas district meanwhile local train services in Kolkata were also hit.

BJP cadres and ABVP workers have descended on the streets trying to stop usual traffic from running. The bandh supporters also blocked railway lines disrupting the Sealdah South and Howrah main lines of the local train. In Krishnanagar-Shantipur section the bandh supporters obstructed railway track between Shantipur- Phulia as well as on the Sealdah Ranaghat section

The West Bengal unit of Bharatiya janata Party is holding a 12-hour-long bandh today in the state against the killings of two students in alleged police firing.

West Bengal Bandh updates Fresh violence breaks out in Islampur where two students were killed police fires teargas shells

BJP supporters stop a train at North 24 Parganas district. A Ghosh, 101 Reporters

The Opposition BJP took out rallies in the city and the state on Tuesday in support the bandh it has called on Wednesday, while the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) brought out processions denouncing it.

The BJP has called a 12-hour shutdown on 26 September to protest the killing of two students in a clash with police at Islampur in North Dinajpur district on last Thursday.

"The people are fed up with this government. They will participate in this strike peacefully. But if the TMC and its goons try to foil the strike, there will be repercussions," BJP state president Dilip Ghosh said.

If the Opposition parties call a bandh, the state government goes all out to foil a strike, he said, and wondered if Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee forgot how many strikes her party had called in West Bengal since 1998, the year the TMC was formed. "The state government is trying to hush up the Islampur incident. But we won't stop until and unless justice is delivered," Ghosh said.

Both the BJP and the TMC took out rallies in various parts of the state in support and against the strike call respectively.

The TMC leaders alleged that the BJP sought to stop the developmental work in the state.

"The BJP is trying to foment trouble in the state. The state government will take all the steps to ensure that normal life is not disturbed. The police will take stern action if anyone tries to enforce the strike," TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee said.

State-run buses will be on the road, he said urging commercial establishments and private educational institutes to function normally Wednesday.

The Opposition Congress and the CPM have opposed the killing of two youths in Islampur but did not support the strike call accusing both the TMC and the BJP of trying to create communal polarisation in the state over the incident.

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