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Army called in after violence in Park Circus
RAF personnel firing tear-gas shells on activists of All India Minority Forum protesting against violence in Nandigram and demanding cancellation of visa of controversial writer Tasleema Nasreen at Ripon Street in Calcutta on Wednessday.(PTI)

Calcutta, Nov 21 (PTI) - The army was called in to restore peace at Park Circus in Calcutta over a bandh declared by the All India Minority Forum( AIMF ) on Nandigram issue.

Activists of AIMF protesting the violence in Nandigram today indulged in brickbatting, blocked roads. The police used batons and teargas to disperse the protesters.

The blockade was also called demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and visa extention of Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen.

The AIMF and Furfurasharif Muzadeddia Anath Foundation, which called for 'paralysing' the state for three hours from 9.00 am today, resorted to road blocks in some other districts including Howrah, North 24 Parganas and South 24 Parganas.

Several policemen including Deputy Commissioner of Police (south) Jawed Shamim was injured when the police tried to lift the blockade on the arterial AJC Bose Road.

Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel swung into action after the police failed to control the mob, hundreds of whom pelted stones and empty glass bottles from lanes and bylanes.

When lathicharge failed to restore peace, teargas shells were lobbed at the agitators, the police officials said.

At around 1:30 pm two Government vehicles were attacked near Bamboo Villa, Ripon Street and two set on fire near No 4 bridge. Traffic is standstill around Sealdah, Moulali Crossing, No 4 Bridge, Ballygunge Circular Road, Theatre Road , Park Street. No Schools are letting their students out at this hour. Curfew has been called at six disturbed pockets and army has been brought in to control the situation.

A high level meeting is being chaired by the CM. The Goverment issued a 40 minutes warrant to this blockade.

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