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WB Police files FIR against Kailash Vijayvargiya, Tejasvi Surya, other BJP leaders over Siliguri violence

News Agencies | Updated on: 10 December 2020, 8:59 IST

West Bengal Police on Wednesday registered FIRs against veteran BJP leaders Kailash Vijayvargiya, Tejasvi Surya, Dilip Ghosh, and several other party leaders on the allegation that they encouraged violence during the party's "Uttarkanya Abhijan" march in Siliguri on December 7.

A suo moto case was registered at the New Jalpaiguri police station of Siliguri Metropolitan Police against BJP national general secretary and state observer Kailash Vijayvargiya, MP and BJP Yuva Morcha president Tejasvi Surya, state BJP chief Dilip Ghosh. Police also charged Soumitra Khan, Sayantan Bose, Sukanta Majumder, Nisith Pramanik, Raju Bista, John BArla, Khogen Murmu, Sanku Deb Panda and Praveen Agarwal and others.

The Police alleged that those charged encouraged the party workers to create violence, break law and order, clash with police and damage government properties.

Hundreds of BJP workers and supporters marched towards Uttarkanya, the state government's branch secretariat, on Monday, protesting the TMC government's "misrule," in the state when police stopped them.

Workers of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) and BJP and leaders fought a pitched battle with police after they were prevented from moving past the barricades at two points near the branch secretariat. The Police later issued a statement alleging that "serious acts of violence" were committed at the Siliguri protest and they used water cannons and fired several rounds of tear gas shells to disperse the crowd.

One BJP party worker, named Ulen Roy, succumbed to injuries caused by pellets fired from shotgun, according to a postmortem report. The West Bengal police claimed that the force did not use shotguns and alleged that "armed persons were brought and they fired from firearms."

BJP national general secretary and state in-charge Kailash Vijayvargiya alleged that a "nexus of police and Trinamool Congress (TMC) goons" was behind the death of party worker Ulen Roy.

"This is police's Nadirshahi (cruelty) and the anarchy of Mamata Banerjee government. There is a nexus between the police and TMC goons. Police were using tear gas and goons were hurling country bombs" he had said.


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First published: 10 December 2020, 8:59 IST