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#Elections2019: Amit Shah's Kolkata roadshow ends in violence; Details here
15 May 2019
BJP President Amit Shah's first roadshow held on Tuesday ended in violence and a police lathicharge after a clash between BJP rallyists and student protesters holding "Amit Shah Go Back" posters.
While Shah said the ruling TMC was trying to "strangulate democracy", CM Mamata Banerjee claimed that some goons from outside West Bengal, who were brought by BJP, triggered the violence.
Violence started at Calcutta University where students raised anti-BJP slogans
The violence during Shah's mega "Save Republic Rally" roadshow started at the Calcutta University's gates where some students allegedly raised anti-BJP slogans after which BJP workers tried to attack them with rods. However, the police interfered to prevent a clash.
BJP rallyists vandalized the bust of Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar
Later, as Shah's vehicle passed by Vidyasagar College, the BJP rallyists allegedly charged at student protestors there who were holding "Go Back Amit Shah" posters.
Then, the BJP supporters entered the college campus where they set motorcycles on fire and even vandalized the bust of the 19th-century educationist and social reformer, Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar. Following the violence, CM Banerjee also visited the campus.
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