Flag hoisting ceremony turns into clash: BJP worker killed, 11 detained

A clash in West Bengal over the flag hoisting ended in a BJP worker dying.
A clash in West Bengal over the flag hoisting ended in a BJP worker dying. (Photo: India Today/Indrajit Kundu)

A flag-hoisting ceremony in West Bengal quickly turned in a short, violent clash, ending in the death of a 40-year-old BJP worker, Sudarashan Pramanik. Police detained 11 people so far. The incident occurred in Khanakul, Hooghly district, West Bengal. There is now a 12-hour bandh in protest of the death of Pramanik.

Police reported that the two groups in Hooghly, Bengal, wished to hold the flag-hoisting at the same spot. Hence, they ended up fighting. Although they did not specify whether those taking part in the clash belonged to BJP, locals claim that both groups were from BJP. After they reached the same spot and argued, they began pelting stones at each other. Finally, it turned into a much bigger fight and Pramanik, an active booth worker, died.

After the clash, a large number of police officers were deployed to ensure peace. Furthermore, police detained eleven people allegedly involved in the violence. In order to demand the arrests, BJP decided to hold a 12-hour bandh. In fact, Rahul Sinha, national secretary of BJP, stated that the movement can continue until police arrest the criminals.

BJP Bengal claims TMC workers killed Pramanik in clash

Also, they alleged that a TMC worker murdered Pramanik. According to BJP in-charge of Arambagh, TMC ‘goons’ killed him. However, TMC denied the charges. Instead, Dilip Yadav, TMC President in Hooghly, West Bengal, claimed that BJP was merely attempting to gain political mileage over the death of their party worker.

SP Tathagata Basu confirmed that a probe is underway.

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