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Kolkata Is Safest Because Of You: Abhishek Banerjee Praises Police

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By: Joymala Bagchi | KOLKATA
Updated: September 14, 2022 22:03
TMC national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee met with Kolkata Police officer Debjit Chatterjee at SSKM Hospital in Kolkata on Wednesday
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While praising policemen for showing patience during Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s Nabanna Abhiyaan, Trinamool Congress’ national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee said it is because of such police officers Kolkata have become the safest city.

On Wednesday, Banerjee visited injured assistant police commissioner Debjit Chatterjee and spend time with his family at the state-run SSKM Hospital in Kolkata. He also spoke to the doctors who are treating the injured police officer.

“I salute all the police officers for the manner in which they conducted themselves, for showing sheer patience, endurance and remaining in the ambit of the Constitution. It is because of their efforts, that Bengal is secure today. It is because of their efforts that Kolkata remains the safest city in our country,” Banerjee said.

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“BJP leaders are trying to justify their actions by claiming that Trinamool Congress did not allow them to reach Nabanna. They claim that the Bengal government’s police didn’t allow our protests. According to them, AITC and state police stopped them. But who attacked the police? Who set ablaze police vans when were stopped?” Banerjee countered BJP’s attack.

The member of parliament also mentioned that during Tuesday’s Nabanna Abhiyaan “not once did we see BJP leaders talking about the reason for their protest march. Not a word of what their grievance was”.

A video showing protesters attacking policemen with sticks during BJP’s Nabanna Cholo march in Kolkata went viral. According to the official sources so far 90 arrests were made whereas a total of 27 policemen were injured.

In a specific case of burning a car, four persons have been identified through CCTV footage. Police sources said that the hunt is on for the four accused.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said those found guilty of arson and violence will be punished accordingly. “We now await the Calcutta High Court’s verdict on these brutalities in the name of ‘peaceful protests. The verdict will be declared on September 19 and we’ve full faith in the judiciary,” TMC supremo said.

“From destroying the bust of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar to their leaders carrying a pistol in their trousers, BJP has always indulged in violence,” she added.

Violent protests mark the troublesome Tuesday as BJP workers and Bengal Police clashed over Nabanna Abhiyaan. Police had to resort to the use of teargas shells and water cannons to disperse the protesting BJP workers.

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