Saffron workers try to make Bashirhat bandh a success; obstruct traffic, train services
Kolkata: Following the day-long drama on Sunday, BJP workers on Monday forcefully tried to make the 12 hour Bashirhat strike a grand success. BJP workers put up road blockades and obstructed train services which resulted in tremendous harassment for the daily commuters.
Since morning, several road blockades were put up across the Bashirhat area to obstruct normal traffic. Near Kachithuba More, two rallies of Trinamool Congress and BJP came face to face, which resulted in a scuffle. BJP workers put up tree trunks to block the roads. In some places, BJP workers also burnt car tyres to obstruct normal traffic.
Even some examinees of West Bengal State University (WBSU) were obstructed while going to the examination centres. Despite repeated requests, BJP workers did not bother to hear their plea.
Later, with the help from the local residents, the students were able to reach their examination centres just before commencement of the examination. BJP workers also locked the gate of Taki Municipality on Monday morning.
Apart from the road blockades, BJP workers obstructed train movement on the Barasat-Hasnabad section of Eastern Railway's (ER) Sealdah division. At around 7 am on Monday, a group of BJP workers obstructed train movement at Bhyabla Halt railway station.
At around 9:10 am, obstructions were put up at Haroa Road railway station and at 9:20 am in Hasnabad railway station. For almost three hours, the obstruction continued. As a result, daily commuters and office-goers faced immense harassment.
At around 11 am, the obstructions were cleared and normal train movement commenced. During the obstruction period, truncated services were on between Sealdah and Lebutala.
On the other hand, a team from Central Intelligence Branch (IB) visited Bhangipara and collected information about Saturday's clash. The IB officials also met with the families of the deceased persons. They reportedly took some pictures of the area and left.