Violence in West Bengal during strike
Sporadic violence were reported across West Bengal as the ruling Trinamool Congress supporters clashed with bandh enforcers on Thursday.
Amid a nationwide opposition strike by the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance, a Left parties led 12-hour Bengal shutdown and similar protests by other non-Congress parties, violence broke out in parts of West Bengal with unsavoury incidents reported from Cooch Behar.
In Cooch Behar in north Bengal, alleged Trinamool Congress supporters were caught on TV footage beating up supporters, including women activists, of SUCI (Socialist Unity Centre of India), a communist party outside the Left Front group.
A red flag waving SUCI activist trying to stop a bus from plying in Cooch Behar town was seen being assaulted and removed from the road by men waving Trinamool party flags who cleared the road for the vehicles.
However, Trinamool denied on a TV channel that the men caught on camera were their supporters.
In Kolkata's twin city Howrah, the TMC and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters clashed.
BJP said they were beaten up by the Trinamool supporters.
In Barasat near Kolkata, several buses were damaged by bandh supporters as panic stricken commuters rushed out of the vehicles.
Both BJP and the left parties like the CPI-M (Communist Party of India-Marxist) took out processions across the state and in Kolkata.
BJP national leaders like Vijay Goel also participated in anti-hike and FDI march in Kolkata.
Left Front chairman Biman Bose hit the street too with party supporters in a procession.