BJP observes ‘Black Day’ in Bengal for Sandeshkhali killings

BJP workers squatted on roads and railway tracks at many places in Basirhat, disrupting the movement of vehicles and trains as they marked it a Black Day

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Black Day Bengal

Basirhat/Kolkata: The BJP is observing Monday as a “Black Day” in West Bengal. This is the reason they have decided to observe a shut down for 12 hours in Basirhat subdivision of the North 24 Parganas district. Five of BJP workers were killed allegedly by Trinamool goons over the dispute of placing party flags at a location in Sandeshkhali or Basirhat.

The BJP is protesting against the killing of its cadre and the “deteriorating” law and order situation in the State.

The saffron party took out rallies in several parts of the State, with BJP workers sporting black badges.

The situation remained tense in Basirhat. BJP and TMC workers had clashed in Sandeshkhali area of Basirhat on Saturday.

The BJP took out protest rallies in the district subdivision and they are demanding immediate arrest of the culprits involved in the killings of its workers.

A huge contingent of police personnel has been deployed in the area to avoid any untoward incident, police said.

BJP workers squatted on roads and railway tracks at many places in the subdivision, disrupting the movement of vehicles and trains as they marked it a Black Day.

The BJP had on Sunday announced that it will observe “Black Day” across the State and a 12-hour shutdown in Basirhat after it was stopped by the police from bringing the bodies of its workers to Kolkata.

Till Sunday, bodies of at least three persons killed in the clashes in Sandeshkhali had been recovered, while several others remained missing.

The BJP has claimed that five of its workers were killed, whereas the ruling TMC claimed that one was killed.

A day after the clash, the Ministry of Home Affairs sent an advisory to the West Bengal government, expressing “deep concern” over the “unabated violence” in the State and asked it to maintain law and order.

Responding to the Centre in a letter, the West Bengal government claimed the situation in Bengal was “under control” and there was no failure on part of its law enforcement agencies.