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West Bengal Bandh Live updates: Bandh supporters enforce shutdown in parts of Kolkata

West Bengal Bandh Today Live News Updates: The bandh was announced after the recent police crackdown on students and activists while they were marching towards  Nabanna, the state secretariat in Kolkata, to demand jobs on Thursday. 

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: February 12, 2021 10:32:32 pm
Left and Congress supporters blocked the road at Barasat and Madhyamgram in North 24 Parganas district on Friday. (Express Photo Shashi Ghosh)

West Bengal Bandh Today Live Updates: Left parties in West Bengal have called for a 12-hour state-wide bandh on Friday to protest against the recent police crackdown on students and activists while they were marching towards  Nabanna, the state secretariat in Kolkata, to demand jobs on Thursday. 

The march started in College Street but was stopped by police on SN Banerjee Road in the Esplanade area, PTI reported. When the activists attempted to break heavy metal barricades to make their way forward, the police deployed teargas and water cannons to slow them down. Protestors said the use of force was both brutal and unprecedented. 

The Left outfits were marching to Nabanna, demanding jobs and industrialisation in the state, among others. Left leaders claimed that several activists were injured in the police action.

Soon after the incident, Left Front Chairman Biman Bose announced a 12-hour bandh between 6 am and 6 pm in the state to protest against the police crackdown. “The way police unleashed atrocities on the participants in the march to Nabanna, it created a situation somewhat akin to the historic Jallianwala Bagh incident,” he said in a statement. 

However, the West Bengal government has opposed the call for a bandh and issued a notice urging all government employees to report for work on Friday. Those who don’t will face scary deductions, the notice stated. 

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West Bengal Bandh Live updates: Bandh supporters enforce shutdown in parts of Kolkata; 12-hour bandh begins; Left, Congress members block roads

22:32 (IST)12 Feb 2021
Normal life partially hit in 12-hour Bengal bandh by LF

Normal life was partially affected on Friday in West Bengal which saw sporadic incidents of violence during the 12-hour state-wide bandh called by the Left Front in protest against police action on its activists during their march to the state secretariat. The bandh, which began at 6 am, took place on a day when schools reopened across the state after a gap of 11 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. --PTI

22:31 (IST)12 Feb 2021
12-hr strike in West Bengal received positive response, says CPI(M) leader

The CPI(M) on Friday claimed that the people of West Bengal have "positively" responded to the 12-hour strike call given by the Left Front in protest against alleged police atrocities on DYFI and SFI activists the day before. Senior CPI(M) leader Md Salim contended that the party "had decided not to enforce the strike" as that would have inconvenienced common people, but many have "voluntarily" supported the bandh. "The police, however, arrested Leftwing activists who were preparing to take part in the protest march during the day. Several of them have been taken into custody and we demand their immediate release... Nonetheless, people of the state have supported the bandh," Salim told reporters. --PTI

17:27 (IST)12 Feb 2021
Protest scenes from College Street in Kolkata 

Protest scenes from College Street in Kolkata.

17:24 (IST)12 Feb 2021
Rally at Bankura Town in support of the 12-hour Bangla Bandh

Rally at Bankura Town in support of the 12-hour Bangla Bandh.

14:19 (IST)12 Feb 2021
Bandh supporters enforce shutdown, down shutters, vandalise cars in Kolkata

Supporters of the 12-hour bandh enforced a shutdown in parts of central Kolkata -- including Amharst street and Shyambazar -- forcefully downing shutters and vandalising vehicles. The bandh is expected to end at 6 PM this evening. 

Meanwhile, Congress leader Abdul Mannan and CPM leader Sujan Chakraborty jointly led a rally at the Sealdah Railway Terminal. 

11:43 (IST)12 Feb 2021
Normal life partially affected in 12-hour Bengal bandh called by Left Front

Normal life in West Bengal was partially affected on Friday due to the 12-hour state-wide bandh called by the Left Front in protest against police action on its activists during their march towards state secretariat Nabanna. Schools in the state are scheduled to reopen during the day for students of classes 9-12 after a gap of 11 months. They were shut in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Left cadre blocked railway tracks and roads in Malda, Barddhaman, Raiganj, Asansol, Dankuni and parts of Kolkata, North 24 Parganas and Nadia districts during the bandh that began at 6 am. Protestors burnt tyres at some places, and offered roses to policemen in other areas. Left activists demanding jobs clashed with police in central Kolkata's Esplanade area on Thursday as they tried to break through barricades during their march towards Nabanna, leading to injuries to several participants and also the police.

Calling for bandh in protest against the "brutal attack" by the police, Left Front chairman Biman Bose had claimed that over 150 students and young men and women were injured. Massive police presence was witnessed on the roads during the day to ensure that public transport functioned normally. Left Front leader Sujan Chakraborty said that people have spontaneously responded in favour of the bandh. He said that school students have not been prevented from physically attending their classes. (PTI)

11:22 (IST)12 Feb 2021
Day-to-day activities in Birbhum district remain unaffected

Despite the ongoing 12-hour bandh in West Bengal,  day-to-day activities in Birbhum district remain unaffected, ANI reported. 


10:52 (IST)12 Feb 2021
In Pictures: 12-hour bandh underway in West Bengal

The 12-hour statewide bandh by Left parties in West Bengal is well underway. Here are some pictures from across the state. Left parties in West Bengal have called for a 12-hour state-wide bandh on Friday. (Express Photo by Shashi Ghosh)Police in protective gear carry lathis amid the state-wide bandh. (Express photo by Shashi Ghosh)Left Front Chairman Biman Bose announced a 12-hour bandh between 6 am and 6 pm in the state to protest against the police crackdown. (Express Photo by Shashi Ghosh)

10:08 (IST)12 Feb 2021
Left, Congress members block roads

Members of Left parties and the Congress blocked roads across the state in the initial hours of the state-wide bandh. Road blockades were reported in the North 24 Parganas district's Barasat area, and near Sukanta Setu overbridge in Kolkata, ANI reported. 

The Left Front has called for a 12-hour bandh in the state today to protest after its workers were allegedly beaten up during a march to Nabanna in Kolkata yesterday.

09:56 (IST)12 Feb 2021
Left party workers block train track at Kanchrapara railway station

Soon after the 12-hour bandh across West Bengal commenced, Left party workers blocked the train track at Kanchrapara railway station, located in the North 24 Paraganas district on the outskirts of Kolkata, to protest against the police crackdown on students and activists on Thursday. (ANI)

Kolkata: 150 Left-Congress workers, 15 policemen injured in clashes Prostesters clash with police in Kolkata on Thursday. (Express Photo)

Around 150 protesters and 15 policemen were injured after Left and Congress activists were prevented from reaching the Nabanna state secretariat in Howrah, resulting in clashes at several places in Kolkata. The police said 42 protesters were arrested and another 38 hospitalised.

Calling the police action “excessive”, Left Front Chairman Biman Basu, on behalf of the Left and Congress, decided to hold a 12-hour statewide strike on Friday.

Led by youth and student wings of both parties, the march towards Nabanna was aimed to highlight education for all and lack of jobs, and protest the “anti-farmer” stance of the BJP-led Central government.

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