Indian Secular Front (ISF) legislator Nawsad Siddique and 17 other party workers were remanded to police custody on Sunday by Kolkata’s Bankshall Court till February 1 in connection with the protests against violence unleashed by ruling Trinamool Congress against ISF activists.
The ISF workers on Saturday clashed with the Kolkata police in Esplanade area of the city after a protest against attacks on their workers by members of the ruling Trinamool Congress turned violent. The clashes left many ISF activists and policemen injured.
After police resorted to lathicharge and arrested their leader, ISF workers pelted stones injuring a few policemen. Later a huge police contingent was brought in along with Combat Force personnel, who fired tear gas shells and used lathis to disperse the protesters. Several ISF workers were injured.
Siddique alleged that his party’s workers had come under an attack after he had gone to Bhangar to bring his supporters to Kolkata for a rally. Visuals from the clash site showed an ISF party office on fire.
The state secretary of CPI(M) Md. Salim has condemned the police atrocities and demanded release of Nawsad Siddique and other ISF activists. In a statement he has said, there will be protest demonstration all through the state.