West Bengal witnessed the worst form of violence against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019 when protestors stormed into a railway station and set it into fire disrupting the rail traffic.
Railway station on fire
Thousands of people protesting against CAB in West Bengal’s Murshidabad district entered into Beldanga railway station complex and set it on fire. The platform, two-three building and the station complex was burnt and the RPF personnel brutally beaten up by the protestors. Train service in the Murshidabad district were crippled due to the fire incident.
In Howrah, the protestors blocked tracks at the Uluberia railway station and vandalised the complex and some trains and injured a driver. In Kolkata, protestors blocked traffic for hours while protesting at Park Circus and near the airport.
In East Midnapore district, the protestors attacked the car of BJP General Secretary SayantanBasu. Police had to come to his rescue. BJP’s Kailash Vijayvargiya condemned the attack on Basu and blamed the state government for the violence.
West Bengal Governor Jagdeep and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee have appealed for peace and asked the protestors to use democratic means.
Repercussions of violence
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe cancelled his visit to attend a summit in Assam’s Guwahati next week amid the protests. Also, Bangladesh called off visit of its two ministers due to violent demonstrations against the CAB.
Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019 has now become a law after the President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to the bill late on Thursday night.