The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has called for a 12-hour-bandh in North Bengal, to be observed tomorrow (i.e. Tuesday, December 8), over the death of a party worker today during its protest against the West Bengal government in Siliguri.
Notably, police fired teargas shells and used water cannons on Monday to quell a ‘violent’ protest called by the Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) against the Mamata Banerjee government during which a BJP worker died. Several protesters and police personnel were injured in clashes.
The BJP alleged that a party worker identified as Ullen Ray was “beaten to death” by the police during a baton charge. However, police claimed there was no lathi-charge and the cause of death of the protester was being ascertained.
The BJP condemned the police action and demanded imposition of president’s rule in West Bengal in view of “breakdown of law and order”.
BJP’s Yuva Morcha National President Tejasvi Surya took to Twitter to launch a scathing attack on the West Bengal administration, blaming “Mamata’s police” for the alleged death of the BJP worker.
“I am informed by our local karyakartas that Sri Ulen Roy, a senior BJP karyakarta, has succumbed to splinter injuries caused by the country bombs that Mamata’s police threw. This is murder. Nothing less. We are very angry. We will never forgive you Mamata Di. Om Shanti!” tweeted Tejasvi Surya from his official handle on Twitter.