BJP workers clashed with the police on Thursday at Kalighat in south Kolkata when they were stopped from marching towards the residence of chief minister Mamata Banerjee to register protest against the attack on Union minister Babul Supriyo.
The police set up barricades to stop them from marching towards Banerjee’s residence, which was a short distance away.
Supriyo claimed he was attacked on Wednesday at Asansol.
The BJP workers, who tried to break the barricades, clashed with the police who chased them wielding lathis.
Police sources said nine persons were arrested in this connection.
Senior BJP leaders, including party’s national secretary Rahul Sinha, Rajya Sabha member Roopa Ganguly were present on the spot among others.
Ganguly alleged that some women policemen hit them from behind and said, “We have the right to hold protest”. She also denied that BJP workers hurled stones at the policemen.
Rahul Sinha claimed that they were holding a “peaceful agitation” when the police started the lathicharge.
“There is no democracy in the state,” he alleged.