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Congress tells top cop to either end ‘TMC-led poll violence’ or resign

A scuffle broke out between the Congress workers and the police with official saying that the agitators even broke a barricade that the police had erected.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata |
April 22, 2015 12:41:15 am
congress, tmc, trinamool congress, mamata banerjee, kolkata police, congress protest, kolkata congress, west bengal congress, bengal congress, mamata banerjee, kolkata news, india news Congress workers clash with police while protesting against violence during KMC polls, in Kolkata on Tuesday. (Source: Express Photos)

The state Congress on Tuesday asked the Commissioner of Police (CP) to either put a stop to the post-poll violence led allegedly by supporters of Trinamool Congress or resign from the post.

“We demand that Surajit Kar Purakayastha ensures that the post-poll violence is stopped in which our workers are being attacked by the TMC supporters. If he is unable to do so, he must put in his papers,” said senior Congress leader Prakash Upadhyay, who led a protest rally from Raja Subodh Mulick Square to Lalbazar, where the headquarters of Kolkata Police is located.

The Congress leaders, however, were stopped at the BB Ganguly Street crossing. A scuffle followed between the Congress workers and the police with official saying that the agitators even broke a barricade that the police had erected.

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Later, unable to proceed further, a 13-member delegation of Congress leaders met the CP and handed over a deputation to him.

Upadhyay said that if the instances of violence did not end within 15 days, they would once again hold a protest programme.

The police said around 500 Congress workers took part in the rally and led a law-violation programme. The police, however, did not arrest anyone.

The state’s 91 municipalities will vote in the second round of polls on April 25.

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