After the alleged thrashing of their workers, the Left Front had called for a 12-hour bandh in West Bengal today (12 February). Members of the CPI(M) (or CPM) have already blocked roads and railway tracks in North 24 Paraganas to register their protest.
The Left Front said that the bandh would remain effective from 6 AM in the morning to 6 PM in the evening. The parties took out a rally at 10 AM today.
Reports said that several members of the CPM blocked Ghosh Para Road in Shyamnagar.
Elsewhere in the North 24 Paraganas district, workers of the communist parties blocked a train track at Kanchrapara railway station.
Meanwhile, the Trinamool Congress (TMC)-led West Bengal government mandated the presence of all employees of the state government at their offices today.
“All-state government offices, including those provided with Grants-in-aid by State Government, shall remain open and all employees shall report for duty. No casual leave for absence or any leave shall be granted to any employee nor shall there be any exemption on the ground of shift allocation,” read a circular.
On 11 February, Left Front Chairman Biman Bose announced, “The Left Front has called for 12 hours bandh in West Bengal on 12 February from to protest over the incident where left party workers were beaten up and water cannons were used against them by Police during a march to Nabanna in Kolkata.”
Police resorted to heavy baton charge and used water canons during a clash with activists of the student and youth wings of several Left parties in central Kolkata‘s Esplanade area on 11 February afternoon as they tried to break barricades on their way to state secretariat Nabanna over various demands, including jobs.
Bose claimed that more than 150 students and young men and women were injured in the police action as the communist parties’ cadres were marching to Nabanna, demanding jobs and industrialisation in the state, among others.