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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.

source: abplive.com
source: abplive.com

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)

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Police use water cannons to disperse farmers during a protest demanding better price for their produce on the outskirts of New Delhi, India. VOA

Indian police on Tuesday fired tear gas and water cannons to halt and scatter a march by thousands of protesting farmers heading for the capital New Delhi to demand better prices for their produce.

Reeling from a crash in commodity prices, more than 50,000 farmers from the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, a top producer of wheat and cane, blocked part of the main highway to the capital.

They also sought loan waivers, cheaper power and tougher action to get sugar mills to pay dues owed for their cane, as discontent in rural areas turns to anger against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who faces tough general elections next year.

“Despite our repeated requests, the government has failed to help farmers in any meaningful ways,” a farm leader, Dharmendra Malik, told Reuters by telephone from the protest site.

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Police try to stop farmers during a protest demanding a better price for their produce on the outskirts of New Delhi, India. VOA

“Left with no choice, we’ve decided to march to Delhi to highlight our plight.”

Cash-strapped sugar companies owe cane growers about 135 billion rupees ($1.9 billion) in the current season. Saddled with huge piles of sugar and hit by a fall in prices, mills have said they are unable to pay farmers on time.

“The state government has initiated a number of steps to help farmers, including a clutch of measures to expedite cane payments to growers,” Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath told video news agency ANI, a Reuters affiliate.

Mills are struggling to export sugar because of lower global prices, Adityanath said.

Television broadcast images of angry farmers clashing with police and driving their tractors into security barriers, in a protest that disrupted rush-hour traffic.

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Rural areas turns to anger against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. VOA

Some farmers were injured when police fired tear gas and water cannon to keep protesters from breaking through barricades to reach New Delhi, the site of events to mark the birth anniversary of India’s apostle of non violence, Mahatma Gandhi.

“It’s ironical that the farmers were brutally beaten on the day of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary,” opposition leader Rahul Gandhi said.

Farmers had started trickling into the city late on Monday, prompting authorities to bar gatherings of more than four people.

The government has allowed police to “brutally beat up” the farmers, said the opposition Congress party, which ruled India for most of its 70 years since independence from Britain, before losing power to Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party.

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“Can India’s farmers not come and tell their own government that they are in deep pain?” asked Congress spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala.

Modi’s rural woes have been worsened by a failure to deliver on a promise of tens of millions of jobs for young people that helped him win the largest mandate in three decades in 2014. (VOA)