West Bengal violence: Life comes to a standstill in Basirhat, BJP observes Black Day; Guv tells Narendra Modi, Amit Shah about ground situation

Kolkata: Amid blame game between the ruling Trinamool and the BJP over Saturday’s bloody clash at Sandeshkhali in which three persons were killed, the BJP-sponsored 12-hour shutdown of Basirhat sub-division in North 24 Parganas district on Monday brought life to a standstill, while Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi Monday.

The bandh was called to protest the killing of two saffron brigade workers. Shops remained closed, vehicles went off the roads and the bandh protagonists squatted on the tracks blocking train services connecting Sealdah station.

Governor Kesari Nath Tripahti, who airdashed to New Delhi on Sunday, called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah at North Block in New Delhi.

“I have told PM and Home Minister Amit Shah about the ground situation. Can’t give details,” the Governor said.

Bengal has been on boil since May 23, the day Lok Sabha election results were declared, as unabated violent incidents have claimed eight lives and injured scores.

Saffron brigade is observing “Black Day” across the state

The saffron brigade is observing “Black Day” across the state to protest the killing of its two supporters allegedly by the ruling TMC activists blocked the Sealdah-bound Hasnabad local train at Bhavla station after ensuring closure of all shops and business establishments in the sub-division. Vehicular traffic also stopped plying in the subdivision bordering Bangladesh.

The BJP supporters, however, assured that train services have been affected only for two hours considering the inconvenience to be caused to the daily commuters on the first day of the week. The supporters put-up party flag in front of the engine of Hasnabad local and squatted on the track.

The bandh supporters blocked Basanti Highway at Kanmari More forcing hundreds of vehicles to park along the busy roads. Even police vehicles were also stopped on the highway.

The BJP is also observing “Black Day” across the state, a day after thousands of supporters attended the last rites of their two party activists in the locality after consulting with the bereaved family members.

BJP accuses TMC of misusing govt depts

The BJP accused the TMC of misusing the government departments, including police, and in protest against which they are observing ‘Black Day’ and has also decided to march towards Lalbazar, the Kolkata police headquarters, from Wellington Square on June 12.

On Saturday during bloody clashes between the armed TMC and BJP, two BJP workers – Pradip Mondal and Sukanta Mondal were killed.

TMC supporter Kaym Mollah was also killed in violence in which random bombing and firearms were resorted to, while a BJP supporter Debdas Mondal has been missing since Saturday.

Commenting on Mr Tripathi’s meeting with Mr Modi, TMC secretary general and Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said, “His days are over in Bengal. We are not giving much importance to his meeting with the Prime Minister. But still I would like to request him to tell the Central Government about the BJP’s atrocities and involvement in political killings in Bengal.”

Newly elected Trinamool Congress MP Nusrat Jahan yesterday said, “The matter is being taken care of… and things are under control… we all must appeal for peace now… it’s not a communal affair. ”

The actress requested for everybody’s cooperation and said, ‘I request my friends from media to cooperate with us. Basirhat is a sensitive zone but we will make sure the people there are safe and that they don’t suffer.’