Today, the BJP youth wing’s scheduled state-wide ‘Nabanna Chalo’ agitation march as a protest against the alleged murder of its party worker, Manish Shukla. The party workers headed towards the state secretariat. Observing this, tight security was also deployed on the Howrah Bridge to prevent the movement.
The police used water cannon & lathi-charged to disperse BJP workers at Hastings in Kolkata on their way to Nabanna.
The West Bengal government had denied permission to conduct the protest. “It was expected that permission would be denied for the rallies,” BJP Youth Wing leader Tejasvi Surya said, added “while asserting that the protest programme will be a success and will be participated by at least 50,000 people.”
The West Bengal government cited the Coronavirus pandemic as a reason to deny permission for the major gathering, saying peaceful and democratic rallies within “permissible parameters” of only 100 people would be allowed.
On October 4, Bharatiya Janata Party councillor Manish Shukla was allegedly shot dead in Titagarh of North 24 Parganas district. The next day West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar summoned top officials of the Mamata Banerjee government to the Raj Bhavan.
West Bengal unit of BJP has accused All India Trinamool Congress of killing Shukla and demanded a CBI probe into the matter. A Criminal Investigation Department (CID) probe has been set up which has made a total of three arrests since Tuesday in connection with the case.