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‘Goli Maro’ Slogans Raised as BJP Flag-waving Supporters Make Their Way to Amit Shah’s Kolkata Rally

A group of men holding BJP flags were heard raising the controversial “desh ke gaddaron ko, goli maaro s****n ko” (shoot dead the country’s traitors) slogans at Kolkata’s Esplanade on Sunday afternoon. They shouted the slogan when passing the Maidan Market in Esplanade, on their way to Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s rally at Shahid Minar ground.

There has been a controversy over raising of such slogans during BJP rallies during Delhi Assembly polls and protests in favour of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) due to allegations that they provoke violence. The incident took place at around 1.15pm when a section of BJP supporters wearing saffron clothes were heard raising the slogan as well as shouting “kisko chahiye azadi…hum denge azadi (who wants freedom, we will give you freedom)”.

The slogan-shouting BJP supporters came close to Congress and Left Front members who chanted “Go Back Amit Shah” on the other flank of the Jawaharlal Nehru Road, but a showdown was averted as a large number of police personnel posted nearby intervened and took control of the situation.…

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