Kolkata: SOME policemen, including the officer-in-charge of Bidhannagar Cyber Crime police station, have been injured in a commotion with members of the Left-backed State Coordination Committee of West Bengal Government Employees’ Associations and Unions at Salt Lake today.
This happened during an agitation organised by the Coordination Committee to press for the payment of pending dearness allowance and increase in salary at par with the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission of the Centre.
Around 3 pm, a few thousand Coordination Committee members took out a protest march from Karunamoyee to Bikash Bhavan, which houses the office of the 6th Pay Commission constituted by the state government two years ago.
But police stopped the rally midway near Mayukh Bhavan by putting up barricades on the road. This resulted in a discord with police as the participants in the rally tried to move ahead by toppling the barricade. Police were seen struggling to contain the large number of Coordination Committee members that included women.
Amidst this, a section of the rally took a separate route and got closer to Bikash Bhavan. Police stopped them there as well, resulting in a commotion. The agitators tried to forcibly march towards Bikash Bhavan en masse and the resulting scuffle, the officer-in-charge of Bidhannagar Cyber Crime police station and a few of his colleagues were left bleeding from the forehead.
The situation came under control after police allowed a delegation from the Coordination Committee to serve a memorandum to the secretary of the Pay Commission.
Coordination Committee says that when the Centre has already implemented the 7th Pay Commission, the state government has again extended the tenure of the 6th Pay Commission by another year. At the same time, the Chief Minister is passing derogatory comments at the state employees for demanding ending DA.