BJYM holds protest rally over Kaliaganj girl’s death


Members of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, the youth wing of BJP, on Friday broke a barricade and jostled with the police during their protest rally over the death of a girl and killing of a man in alleged “police firing” at Kaliaganj in Uttar Dinajpur district of Bengal.
At least 35 to 40 BJYM activists were arrested for violating prohibitory orders in the Esplanade area of Kolkata, a police official said. The ‘march to Raj Bhavan’ rally by BJYM West Bengal from state BJP headquarters in central Kolkata was held to protest the death of the 17-year-old girl and the killing of the man allegedly in “police firing”, a saffron party official said. The protesters broke a barricade put up to stop them and jostled with the police in the Esplanade area during the march.
They raised slogans demanding justice for the girl, who, they alleged, was raped and murdered, and for the 33-year-old man who was killed on Wednesday in firing allegedly during a police raid. Kaliaganj town in Uttar Dinajpur district has been rocked by violence since last week over the teenage girl’s death. A demonstration over her death had turned violent on Tuesday as a mob set the Kaliaganj Police Station on fire and thrashed on-duty police personnel. The protesters claimed that she was raped and murdered, though a preliminary post-mortem examination report did not indicate that, police said. The body of the girl was found floating in a canal on April 21, and she went missing a day earlier after leaving home for her tuition classes.