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BJP in Bengal imposes 12-hour bandh with shops, transport closed due to “tribal torture”

IndiaBJP in Bengal imposes 12-hour bandh with shops, transport closed due to "tribal torture"

Many private buses stopped plying and shops and markets remained closed in several areas in response to a 12-hour bandh called by the BJP.

The BJP called for the bandh in districts of Northern West Bengal on Friday in eight districts in the northern part of the state in protest against what they called “torture” on the tribals and the death of a party activist in alleged police firing.

The immediate trigger for the shutdown is the death of a BJP worker Mrityunjay Burman in Radhikapur near Kaliaganj in North Dinajpur district. BJP has alleged that Mrityunjay died in police firing on Wednesday night. It may be mentioned that Kaliaganj in North Dinajpur district has been on the boil following the alleged criminal assault and subsequent murder of a teenage girl whose body was found in a canal last week.

The bandh that started at 6 AM saw BJP workers hitting the streets at important intersections and stopping vehicles. They also brought out processions in support of the shutdown. In Cooch Behar district, though government-run buses plied, private buses kept off the roads in the morning hours.

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In Jalpaiguri district, most shops remained closed. At Kadamtala, bandh supporters forcibly stopped state-run buses. Reports of disruptions have also been received from the other districts in the region.

The north Bengal region comprises Cooch Behar, Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar, Darjeeling, Kalimpong, North Dinajpur, South Dinajpur, and Malda districts.

On Thursday, while announcing the shutdown, state BJP president Sukanta Majumdar accused the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress Government of letting loose an atmosphere of terror and misrule.

It is deeply concerning to see the footage of the incident involving the girl’s corpse being dragged by the police and the subsequent violent protest. It is important for the authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident and hold those responsible accountable for their actions.

Violence is never the answer, and it is crucial for all parties involved to exercise restraint and work toward a peaceful resolution. The use of tear gas shells highlights the severity of the situation, and it is imperative for the authorities to take necessary measures to restore order and ensure the safety of the public.

The imposition of prohibitory orders and the suspension of internet services in certain areas may be necessary to prevent any further escalation of violence and to maintain law and order. However, it is important for these measures to be temporary and for the authorities to work towards a long-term solution that addresses the underlying issues that led to the incident and the subsequent unrest.

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