New Delhi,June 12: BJP workers on Wednesday launched a massive protest in the heart of Kolkata to protest against killings of party workers across the state. As huge crowds gathered in Kolkata near the police headquarters, police erected barricades to stop the protests from flaring up.
However, BJP workers still managed to bring down some of the barricades when Kolkata Police personnel, who were deployed in huge numbers, resorted to teargas shelling and used water cannons to disperse the crowd.
BJP workers carrying party flags were seen climbing up barricades set up by Kolkata Police to reach the police headquarters. This is when police shot off the water cannons to disperse the crowd.
As the water cannons and teargas hit the protesters, the group scattered around the street.
The entire central Kolkata, which is a busy area on a weekday, was barricaded by the police as BJP workers gathered to protest.
Kolkata Police also baton charged BJP workers on Bipin Behari Ganguly Street. BJP workers were marching towards Lal Bazar, protesting against the Trinamool government.
Five BJP Mahila Morcha workers have been detained for violating CRPC Section 144 imposed near the Kolkata Police headquarters.
BJP leaders Kailash Vijayvargiya, Locket Chatterjee and others have now started a sit-in protest near the Kolkata Police headquarters.