By NewsGram Staff Writer
Kolkata: A great number of Congress activists on Tuesday, hit the streets to protest against the deteriorating law and order conditions in West Bengal. This protest brought the central business district to a halt for approximately two hours.
The Congress workers, led by the senior leaders of the state party unit, participated in a “March to Nabanna (the state secretariat)” and staged a sit-in on the Rani Rashmoni Road. The state Director General of Police GMP Reddy’s declination to accept a deputation on law and order is stated as the reason behind this protest march. The killing of the student in the West Midnapore district added fire to the agenda.
This protest resulted in widespread violence on the streets of Kolkata. The angry Congress workers led by state party chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury sparked tension as they refused to vacate the area unless their memorandum was accepted.
They vacated the premises only after Kolkata Police’s Additional Commissioner of Police R. Sivakumar came forward and accepted the memorandum from the party leaders.
The main aim of the protest was to showcase the united strength of Congress with all the senior leaders and MPs being a part of it. The biggies included Jangipur MP and President Pranab Mukherjee’s son Abhijit, Malda (South) Lok Sabha member Mousam Benajir Noor, Parliamentarian from Malda North constituency A.H. Khan Chowdhury, and Rajya Sabha member Pradipo Bhattacharya. However, former MP Deepa Dasmunshi and another veteran leader Abdul Mannan were absent from the protest.
The state party president while addressing the gathering said that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was allergic to protests and termed anyone who opposed the anarchy in the state as “anti-development”.
“She has made it clear to the police that they have to either work for her Trinamool Congress, or leave the post,” he added.
(With inputs from IANS)