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Featured Image: File photo of a Left Front rally. 

By A Newsman

Kolkata, 01 October: THERE is apprehension of violence and massive traffic snarl in central Kolkata this evening due to a protest march to Kolkata Police headquarters Lalbazar being organised by the Left Front.

The Left has called the march against the alleged bias of Kolkata Police favouring the ruling Trinamool Congress and withdrawal of “false cases” slapped on 300-odd Left supports in and around Kolkata.

Kolkata had witnessed massive violence on 27 August during a Left peasant wings’ protest march to state secretariat Nabanna after the police had stopped the marchers on near Red Road.

Today’s march will be led from the front by senior CPI-M leaders like Biman Bose, Surjyakanta Misra and Md Selimand, as well as senior leaders of the LF constituents CPI, RSP and Forward Bloc.

The march will start at 5 pm simultaneously from three locations in the city ~ Y-Channel at Esplanade, Raja Subodh Mallick Square (Wellington) and College Square. They will move forward Bentinck Street, Phears Lane and Ganesh Chandra Avenue.  

Police said they would stop the marchers at three different locations at least 200 meters ahead of Lalbazar and only a small delegation of LF leaders will be allowed to go Lalbazar to serve their memorandum.

Traffic snarls are likely on several arterial roads in the central Kolkata such as Lenin Sarani, S N Banerjee Road, Bentick Street, CR Avenue and Esplanade. Office turning people and Durga Puja shoppers are likely to suffer the most.

Police have made elaborate arrangements with iron barricades being kept ready at designated sites and an additional police force of 5,000 personnel being pressed in to tackle any eventuality.

The Left leaders have agreed that a small delegation will go to Lalbazar but have clarified that they would not serve the memorandum to anyone else but the commissioner of police Surajit Kar Purkayastha.

The delegation will brief the marchers about the response of the CP and only then they will disperse for the night.