Siliguri, 12th February: The Left Front has called for 12 hours Bandh in Bengal on Friday to protest after its workers were allegedly beaten up during a march to Nabanna in Kolkata. Alliance party Congress also extended their support to the bandh.
The Left and Congress supporters took to the streets since this morning to make the strike a success. The parties' activists reached schools and colleges to shut them down. However, the authorities stopped the protesters from doing so.
An attempt was also made to close Siliguri College today. During the course, a scuffle started between the student leaders of Trinamool Chhatra Parishad (TMCP) and the Yuva Congress. The Youth Congress returned empty handed. The TMCP objected to supporting the strike.
Earlier too, the left leaders and activists charged to Siliguri Girls' High School and tried to close the school. However, Headmistress Atyuha Bagchi stepped in and asked the activists to leave the school premises. She clearly stated that the school reopened today after a long gap and so the students' studies cannot be interrupted in any way.