KOLKATA: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) called for a statewide bandh on September 26, over the death of two students during a clash in Islampur district, West Bengal. The bandh will be observed for 12 hours from dawn to dusk. On the controversial appointment of teachers at a local government school that led to the clashes, Rajesh Sarkar, a former student, died after being hit in the back by a bullet during the clashes.
Residents of Daribhit village in Islampur held a protest before local MLA Kanhaiyalal Agarwal and Goalpokhar legislator Gulam Rabbani demanding a CBI probe into the firing that claimed the lives of the two students.
The families of the two boys have refused to cremate the bodies. The police in North Dinajpur have denied opening fire and said, there were men with illegal weapons in the mob of students, who may have fired the fatal shots.
BJP leaders Mukul Roy, Locket Chatterjee, and Pratap Banerjee also met the victims’ family. State BJP president Dilip Ghosh said his party had no other option but to call the bandh.