CPI-M calls for shutdown in WB, demanding release of their leaders



Siliguri: Communist party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) called for a total shutdown on Thursday in Siliguri as they pressed their demand for the release of their leaders arrested during the clash between their party leaders and supporters of state ruling Trinamool Congress party (TMC).

A leader of CPI-M, Joy Chakraborty said that the people of the district along with the party members condemned the incident.

"We have called for a shutdown in the entire Darjeeling district against the arrest of our leaders by the police. The common man is also extending support towards this shutdown. All the shops are closed and the public transport is not plying on the roads. Through this shutdown it has been proved that all the people of our district are against the incident," he said.

Earlier, police baton charged the protesters after TMC members entered into a scuffle with the supporters of the CPI-M on Wednesday. Reportedly, around 25 CPI-M supporters, including senior leaders Ashok Bhattacharya and Jibesh Sarkar were detained from the party office.

According to media reports, protesters of TMC and CPI-M got into a spat that further lead to stone pelting from both sides following which the police turned violent to restore peace. Silguri wore a deserted look, as shops remained closed while public transport remained off the roads.

ANI