Clashes broke out at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah’s Kolkata rally on Tuesday evening when it passed the noted educational institutions. Seven people were injured in the clashes.
The first floor of the Calcutta University was ransacked and at least three motorcycles were set on fire. The bust of an iconic figure of Bengal renaissance, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, was demolished by TMC and BJP workers. TMC chief Mamata Banerjee accused the BJP of damaging Vidyasagar’s bust, while Mr. Shah too condemned the incident.
Eye witnesses say that the clashes were triggered once the students of Vidyasagar College were spotted with “go back Amit Shah” posters. The participants of Mr. Shah’s rally on spotting the posters and tried to break open the main gate of the college.
Video footage going round on social media showed saffron dressed men rushing towards the building to break open the gates. They entered the building, where Vidyasagar’s bust was kept, and ransacked the hall adjacent to UGC’s quality assurance cell.
Soon after the mob went rogue police covered the area and brought the situation under control as Amit Shah headed for a meeting with Bengal’s intellectuals.
Source : Various