TMC withdraws bandh but Chopra remains shut after killing of political worker

Report by: 
ANUP JAYSWAL
Raiganj
29 Aug 2018

Despite the bandh called by the Trinamool Congress in protest against the killing of a party worker yesterday having been withdrawn following a directive from the state leadership, the entire area remained shut with shops and commercial establishments remaining closed and vehicles getting off the road.
Yesterday a TMC supporter  Khairul Hoque died in a clash between supporters of Trinamool Congress and Congress-CPM alliance following a dispute over panchayat board formation at Daspara under Chopra police station.
Four persons were injured as both camps exchanged fire indiscriminately and hurled bombs at each other.
Soon after the death of Hoque TMC local leaders called for a bandh in protest against the  killing.
However, as the state leadership came to know about the announcement, they sent a message promptly asking block leaders to withdraw the call as the state’s ruling party had a anti-bandh stand for a long time.
Trinamool leaders of Chopra after having received the directive from party’s top brass withdrew the strike through a public announcement.
However, withdrawal of bandh did not succeed in keeping life normal as people chose to stay indoors.
Samiul Hoque, a local Trinamul activist said, “We obeyed the decision of party’s state leadership and withdrew the bandh. But the brutal killing of our party worker was spontaneously protested against by the locals.”
Police officials said that the law & order situation of the locality was under control. No fresh unrest was reported in last 12 hours.