25 May, 2017
The Left leaders who were in three cars had managed to cross the security cordon but police recognised them at the north gate of the secretariat and sought to know from them the objective of their visit.
Quick Response Team will be posted at crucial points of the city under direct supervision of senior officers of the rank of Deputy Commissioners, the officer said.
About three to four rallies were supposed to congregate at one place. Around 2,000 additional policemen and troops from the Rapid Action Force were deployed in the city ahead of the rally.
The march to the secretariat in Howrah district was organised by the Left parties to protest against what they called attack on democracy, and unemployment and lawlessness in the state during Trinamool Congress rule.
On August 27, 2015, several Left activists including CPI (M) Politburo member Biman Bose and 25 policemen were injured as Left Front supporters fought a pitched battle with the police when the cops tried to stop their march to the state secretariat. Unable to control the charge, the police were forced to resort to the use of tear gas and lathi charge.
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However, no reaction has been received from state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee so far. They forcefully stopped us and later put us in police vans. At Betor in Howrah, water cannons were used to disperse the mob.More news: NASCAR driver Aric Almirola says he felt 'helpless' in Saturday's awful wreck
Meanwhile, Mohammed Salim of the Communist Party has said that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has turned West Bengal into a police state.
217 people, including 11 Left MLAs, were arrested in the twin cities and at the secretariat in connection with the violence and violation of prohibitory orders during the agitation.
After the adjournment motion was disallowed by the Speaker, Left Front MLAs raised posters, held black flags and shouted anti-government slogans in the House.
The injured included former state minister and CPI-M leader Kanti Biswas and Revolutionary Socialist Party veteran Subhas Naskar. They are neither with the people nor serve them.
Mishra said, "Everything is being done according to the chief minister's instruction".
"The Left leaders had launched unprovoked attack on our forces injuring them in the process", he said on condition of anonymity.
BJP leader Rahul Sinha demanded strict action against the police officials responsible for carrying out the baton charge on protestors.