West Bengal strike: 12-hour state-wide shutdown

Normal life in West Bengal was partially affected today by the 12-hour state-wide bandh called by the Left Front to condemn police action towards its activists during their march towards the Nabanna State Secretariat. Schools in the state are expected to reopen during the day after a break period of 11 months for students from grades 9-12. In the aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak, they were closed.

In some cities, demonstrators burned tyres and gave roses to policemen in other places. On Thursday, left-wing activists seeking jobs clashed with police in the Esplanade area of central Kolkata as they tried to break through barricades during their march to Nabanna, causing injuries to many participants and also to the police. Left Front chairman Biman Bose had reported that over 150 students and young men and women were injured, calling for bandh to protest against the "brutal attack" by the police.