Kolkata Turns Battlefield As Left Protesters, Police Clash, Journalists Beaten Up

Kolkata, May 23:  Several journalists – reporters, photographers and videographers – covering the left front’s agitation on Monday suffered injuries allegedly after being beaten up policemen and some had to be admitted to hospitals following tear gas shells thrown around them.

Kolkata Police’s joint commissioner (headquarter) Supratim Sarkar said later in the day, that they have started an enquiry to find the policemen guilty of assaulting journalists on Monday. “We have heard that three media persons have been injured. There have been allegations of unprovoked attacks on journalists by some police personnel. We will investigate the matter, identify the officers and if found guilty, departmental proceeding would be initiated against them,” Sarkar said, condemning the attack on journalists.

Sources said Lalbazar have received specific complaints of excess and use of abusive language against several officers including an officer of the rank of additional deputy commissioner and an assistant commissioner. Although initially Sarkar said only three journalists were injured, later he said he has received footages of several other journalists who were injured and hospitalised.

When questioned about police excess on journalists, Sarkar clarified: “There was no instruction on the force to assault journalists. On a contrary, it was categorically told that no media person should be beaten up. We will investigate why the instructions were not followed”.
Condemning the police act, journalists from different media houses have called for a silent march at 4pm on Tuesday from Rabindra Sadan to Kalighat. Kolkata Press Club has also criticized the police action. (source)

Also read:  Kolkata: BJP calls for judicial enquiry against cops beating up protesters

Kolkata , May 23: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has castigated the violence by police officials in Kolkata yesterday, and has demanded for a fair judicial inquiry into the brutal attack.
BJP leader Rahul Sinha demanded strict action against the police officials responsible for carrying out the baton charge on protestors.
“We are demanding for a judicial enquiry into the baton charge incident and action should be taken against the police officials who were responsible for carrying out the brutal attack on journalists and protestors,” said Sinha.
The clashes between the Left-wing protestors with the West Bengal Police, during the ‘Nabanno Abhijan’ march, turned violent yesterday.
Left workers led by farmers union clashed with police personnel outside the West Bengal Secretariat in Kolkata during ‘Nabanno Abhijan’ demanding fair price for farmers’ produce and maintaining communal harmony.
Left protesters also demanded that democratic rights of people in the state must be maintained. They further demanded food security for the people.
The police were seen lathicharging and using tear gas shells to bring the protest under control, as the crowd continued hurling stones on police officials.
Over 2000 police personnel have been deployed in Central Kolkata. (ANI)

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