congress: Oppn protests in Kolkata in solidarity with job seekers


CPI-M, Congress and BJP workers took to the streets in Salt Lake and other parts of Kolkata on Friday in solidarity with job seekers who were removed from their protest site by the police following a court order. Government teacher aspirants were on the fourth day of hunger strike to protest delay in appointments when police removed them around Thursday midnight.

The CPI-M’s students wing and the ABVP, the students’ arm of the RSS, scuffled with the police as they protested in favour of job seekers, and alleged forceful removal by the administration. In the Salt Lake area, several CPI-M student leaders were dragged into police vans. The ensuing scuffle led to injuries to CPI-M workers and policemen.

“We were protesting in an area where Section 144 was not imposed. Yet, we were dragged into the prison van,” Minakshi Mukherjee, a student leader and DYFI state secretary, said. A clash between ABVP workers and the police was reported near the city centre area. The protesters were reportedly dragged into police vans.

“We were on fast unto death. How can police torture and drag us to police van in such inhuman way,” a job aspirant said.

The protesting job aspirants have shifted to the Esplanade area where candidates of West Bengal School Service Commission are also staging a protest.

“Many protesters had to be admitted to hospital as we had not touched food and water for the last few days. But the police behaved brutally with us,” said a protester.

The BJP organised protests for job aspirants near its party headquarters and held rallies in central Kolkata, led by Asansol legislator Agnimitra Paul and other leaders, demanding jobs for the applicants. Legislator Dipak Barman, state president of BJYM, and Dipanjan Guha, state secretary, were also present at the protest site.

“You must give appointments to job aspirants or otherwise resign. That is our message to chief minister Mamata Banerjee,” said BJP legislator Paul, who organised a sit-in demonstration in the Esplanade area with party workers.


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