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Kolkata: CLASH between Trinamool and BJP workers today turned a part of north Kolkata into a battlefield that did not spare even a Calcutta High Court appointed special officer.

The clash broke out at Jorabagan area in north Kolkata this morning from a guest house where some BJP workers from Kanthi in East Midnapore were lodging.

The BJP workers had come to the city last night after Trinamool allegedly attacked the party’s Kanthi to Cooch Behar Pratirodh Sankalpa Yatra or resistance motorcycle rally that kicked off yesterday. They were to take part in the Kolkata leg of the rally today morning.

According to BJP councillor Meena Devi Purohit, on turning up at the guest house today morning she found out that Trinamool had locked it up with the BJP workers trapped inside. “When I protested, Trinamool cadres launched an assault leaving me injured in the arms. This they did to disrupt our rally.”

Local Trinamool leaders, however, claimed that the BJP workers had passed lewd remarks at some women and it was the common people who stood up in protest.

With BJP workers from the vicinity putting up a resistance, soon a clash broke out in the area and in nearby Pathuriaghata Street. Trinamool and BJP workers attacked each other with bamboo sticks that eventually escalated into a brickbat.

On learning about the clash, BJP leader Mukul Roy and state unit president Dilip Ghosh reached the spot with followers. Around 11 am, the BJP bike rally began in the presence of Calcutta High Court appointed special officer Rabishankar Dutta and the police.

But the rally came under a Trinamool attack near Md Ali Park on Central Avenue. BJP state youth wing president Debjit Sarkar and 13 other cadres got injured, while the car of the HC appointed special officer was vandalised.

Following this, the special officer left the area in police protection and reported the matter to the HC. BJP too called off the rally and moved a petition in an HC bench headed by the acting Chief Justice Jyotirmay Bhattacharya, which had given permission for the rally.

Simultaneously, BJP state wing leaders, led by president Ghosh, sat on a demonstration near Gandhi statue on Mayo Road. They accused the police of being hand-in-glove with Trinamool in disrupting the BJP rally.

Ghosh also apprised BJP central leadership in Delhi on the attack. By evening, Union minister Nitin Gadkari communicated to the state government that he will not be attending Mamata Banerjee government organised Bengal Global Business Summit that is scheduled from 16 January in New Town, Ghosh claimed.

The High Court, on the other hand, has asked BJP to resume the rally from 15 January under the supervision of a magistrate and a special officer appointed by the court. The acting Chief Justice also observed that if the police fail to provide protection to the rally, then the court will consider some alternative security arrangement.

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