Siliguri: Clashes erupted between the Bharatiya Janata Party supporters and West Bengal police on Monday, in at least four places in Siliguri, including Tinbatti intersection and Phoolbari Bazar, over a protest march towards Uttarkanya, a Mini-Secretariat building in north Bengal.
The party claimed one person was killed, though the police did not confirm it. Many other protesters and policemen were injured in the melee as security forces baton-charged the irate protestors, reported news agency IANS.
“Today, in Siliguri, serious acts of violence committed by supporters of a political party during their protest. Only water cannons and tear gas used to disperse violent crowd. Death of a person has been reported. Actual cause of death will be known only after postmortem,” the Bengal Police said.
The incident occurred when BJP supporters reportedly tried to break through barricades and threw stones at police, which used water cannons and tear gas in a bid to disperse them.
BJP state unit President Dilip Ghosh said: “One of our party workers was injured in the baton charge and he died in hospital. Deceased Ulen Roy, 50, was a resident of Jalpaiguri’s Gajoldoba area.”
Ghosh led a big rally to Fulbari Bazar – one of the two points to approach the Mini-Secretariat building.