A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was moved before Calcutta High Court on Monday seeking direction to BJP to withdraw its call for a 12- hour Bangla Bandh on Wednesday to protest against the protest the killing of two students in North Dinajpur district. Another PIL was filed by Shamim Ahmed, a HC lawyer, seeking an independent or a judicial inquiry into the incident.
The PIL against Bangla bandh has been moved by All India Minority Forum.
An injunction was prayed for by the forum counsel, Idris Ali, seeking the Division Bench of Chief Justice Jyotirmoy Bhattacharya and Justice Arijit Banerjee to restrain the BJP from giving effect to the bandh call. Ali is a Trinamul Congress MP.
The saffron party has given the bandh call to protest the deaths of two students at a high school in North Dinajpur district’s Islampur area following a clash with police during a demonstration for the appointment of teachers. Moving the PIL, Ali further prayed for an expeditious hearing of the matter since the bandh is to be held on Wednesday.
Citizens cannot be prevented from attending their vocation forcibly. The matter would be listed for hearing on Tuesday, the court stated.
Kerala High Court had held that bandhs are illegal and unconstitutional and that this order was upheld by the Supreme Court, Ali submitted.
Trouble brewed at Daribhit High School in Islampur over the recruitment of Urdu teachers as the protesting students demanded Science and English teachers instead.
The clash occured after the students and some local people had stopped two newly recruited teachers from entering the school on Thursday, demanding all vacant teaching posts be filled.
The BJP alleged that ITI student Rajesh Sarkar and third-year college student Tapas Barman were killed in police firing while the police denied the claim.
North Dinajpur, SP Sumit Kumar has maintained that police did not resort to firing during the incident.