Kolkata: DYFI Activists Arrested Trying to Breach State Secretariat Building
By: Sashwata Saha
Around a dozen activists of CPI(M)-backed DYFI tried to enter the West Bengal state secretariat building Nabanna earlier on Thursday morning, just minutes ahead of the Left Front's scheduled march but were detained by police.
Several left-wing groups are scheduled to march to the state secretariat in the afternoon over a host of demands but around 11 am, some 10-12 activists suddenly tried to enter Nabanna, raising slogans, they said. Their attempt was thwarted by on-duty police personnel and they were taken away in vans to the Shibpur police station, spectators around the area said.
The left outfits are scheduled to march to Nabanna, demanding jobs and industrialisation in the state, among others.
Speaking to Newshound India Foundation, Jamal Molla, a DYFI member and a Masters’ student at Calcutta University who was there at the scene said, “The group that broke away had broken away from the scheduled programme and gone towards Nabanna. However, the police used excessive force in handling the issue. They were unarmed. What could they have done? I doubt anyone would even climb the gate.”
Security outside Nabanna and other important areas in Kolkata has been beefed up following an incident two weeks ago when teachers protesting the government pay structure had tried to climb over the gates to Nabanna. Meanwhile, areas like Behala and Parnashree in the city’s southern extremes as well as Rishra and sister city Howrah have witnessed violence among the TMC, BJP, Congress and the Left Front.
The tenure of the Trinamool Congress government led by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will end on May 30.
In the 2016 West Bengal Assembly elections, out of the 294 seats, Congress had managed to win 44 seats while the Left Front bagged 33 seats. The ruling TMC secured 211 seats and BJP had won 3 seats. Three years later, in the Lok Sabha elections, the Left and Congress had fought separately and while Congress won two seats, the Left drew a blank.
Elections for 294-member West Bengal is likely to be held later this year.
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