Clashes erupt during Amit Shah’s road show in Kolkata
Kolkata: BJP President Amit Shah’s mega road show in the city turned ugly as clashes broke out between BJP & ABVP members and student activists of the Left and Trinamool Congress Chatra Parishad (TMCP) on Tuesday.
A scuffle broke outside the Calcutta University campus on College Street, when student activists of both the Left and the TMCP showed black flags and shouted slogans “Amit Shah go back”.
The police managed to control the scuffle.
However, tension began when stones were pelted at Shah’s convoy as it passed through College Street and the arterial Bidhan Sarani on its way to Swami Vivekananda’s residence in north Kolkata.
According to the News Agency ANI, Clashes broke out in the roadshow after sticks were hurled at Shah’s truck, tweeted.
— ANI (@ANI) May 14, 2019
Things almost went out of control when a section of BJP workers broke through the police barricade in front of the Calcutta University gate and charged at the protesters.
The agitated BJP supporters locked the gates of the hostel and set cycles and motorbikes parked outside on fire. They also reportedly threw stones at the building.
Statue of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was vandalised at Vidyasagar College in the clashes, ANI reported.
A huge police contingent rushed to the spot, resorted to lathi-charge and controlled the situation.