The state Congress on Monday advanced its statewide bandh called to protest the ruling Trinamool Congress’ “atrocities”, by two days to August 18, as the earlier date (August 20) clashed with late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s birth anniversary.
Party insiders said district officials had requested that the bandh be rescheduled since several programmes to observe Sadbhavna Divas (Rajiv Gandhi’s birth anniversary) were lined up on August 20.
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On Sunday, Congress state president Adhir Chowdhury had called a 12-hour statewide strike on August 20 to protest against the murder of a third-year student at Sabang in West Midnapore and the alleged deteriorating law and order situation in Bengal.
Meanwhile, Congress leader Abdul Mannan said the party will file move the high court next week demanding a CBI probe into the Sabang incident. He added that West Midnapore SP Bharati Ghosh should be removed from post as she was “parroting the CM’s version on the Sabang incident”.