28 Apr 2023

Effect Of BJP’s Bandh In North Bengal, Shops Remained Closed, Private Buses Did Not Ply

Kolkata: Private buses remained off the roads and shops and markets remained closed in many areas of North-West Bengal due to the 12-hour bandh called by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The BJP has called a shutdown in eight districts of the northern part of the state to protest the alleged atrocities on tribals and the death of a party worker in alleged police firing. The bandh, which began at 6 am, saw BJP workers hit the roads at important intersections.

BJP workers stopped vehicles and also took out a procession in support of the bandh. Though government buses continued to ply in Coochbehar district, private buses remained off the roads in the morning.

Most shops remained closed in Jalpaiguri district. Bandh supporters forcibly stopped government buses in Kadamtala. Disturbances have also been reported from other districts of the region. 

The North Bengal region comprises the districts of Cooch Behar, Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar, Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Uttar Dinajpur, Dakshin Dinajpur and Malda. 

Announcing the bandh on Thursday, State BJP President Sukanta Majumdar had accused the Trinamool Congress government led by  Mamata Banerjee of creating an atmosphere of terror and misrule. 

It is notable that a BJP worker Mrityunjay Barman was killed in Radhikapur near Kaliyaganj in Uttar Dinajpur district. BJP alleges that Mrityunjay died in police firing on Wednesday night.

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