There have been reports of violent protests in many cities of West Bengal regarding the Citizenship Amendment Act. These protests were called by Muslim organization due to Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019.
Today muslim protesters pelted stones at Police personnel during anti-CAB/NRC protest in West Bengal.
Protesters opposing the Citizenship Amendment Act also burnt effigies of PM Modi and Amit Shah. In addition, in Howrah, protesters closed the highway. During this, there was a clash between the protesters and the police. The police lathi-charged and released tear gas shells to control the situation. The protesters set fire to several private buses including a government bus on the Kona highway. According to some report, 15 buses were set on fire by Muslim protesters.
Multiple vehicles on NH-117 set on fire by mob protesting against CAB in Howrah pic.twitter.com/FZnnXGgVoc— Indrojit | ইন্দ্রজিৎ (@iindrojit) December 14, 2019
Sankrail railway station was also set on fire by Muslim protesters in Howrah district of West Bengal.
Anti-CAB protesters set the ticket counter at Sankrail railway station on fire in Howrah district pic.twitter.com/5fSws6mYRz— Indrojit | ইন্দ্রজিৎ (@iindrojit) December 14, 2019
Tensions rose on Saturday, the next day after the passing of Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) by Rajyasabha.
A mob protesting against the new citizenship law and the proposed National Citizenship Register (NRC) destroyed Beldanga railway station of Eastern Railway in Murshidabad district on Friday, after which the railway personnel had to flee. Protesters also set a toll plaza on fire at Suti crossing in West Bengal’s Murshidabad district today.
The protesters set the station master’s cabin on fire and set it on fire after vandalizing the ticket counter. They also sat on the railway track, disrupting rail traffic between Lalgola and Krishnanagar.
In another case, a large number of protesters blocked the national highway in Beldanga and set fire to tires and damaged other vehicles including ambulances. Road transport was disrupted in Jalangi, Raghunathganj, Shamsherganj, Kandi, Baharampur and Domkal in West Bengal.