West Bengal BJP chief Majumdar detained while heading to vandalised office amid Section 144 in effect

Raghudevpur (Kolkata):

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief of West Bengal unit, Sukanta Majumdar, has been detained by the police on Saturday while he was heading to the vandalised party office. 

The police detained Majumdar along with other party leaders at Second Hooghly Bridge. Earlier in the day, a clash broke out outside the BJP office in Raghudevpur in Howrah district of Kolkata. 

As per media reports, Majumdar had earlier claimed that he was forcibly put on house arrest by the Mamata Banerjee-led state government and barred to visit areas where the protests took place leaving the site wrecked. 

A clash broke out between the cops and the people protesting against the expelled Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Nupur Sharma over her controversial comments on Porphet Mohammad. 

Following which, Section 144 of CrPC was imposed. The Section 144 prohibits the gathering of four or more people in the concerned area, has been imposed in and around the stretches of National Highways and Railway Stations under the jurisdiction of Uluberia-Sub Division, Howrah has been extended till June 15.

Internet services have been suspended till 6 am on June 13 in Howrah district in wake of protests.

The second largest city of the state has been witnessing incidents of violence for several days now. People also held a protest at Dasnagar railway station on the Howrah-Kharagpur railway route.

Earlier on Friday, a massive crowd also gathered to protest at Park Circus in Kolkata adding to the resentment against the sacked leaders. Police used tear gas shells to disperse them as protesters pelted stones. 

Following the protests, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) asked the police heads of states and Union Territories to be prepared and alert as they will be on target. The MHA also has asked all the states to take preventive actions, keep a check on borders and identified sensitive areas.


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