West Bengal is in a state of chaos after the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protesters took to the streets for the third day, destroying several trees and burning tyres to block key national and state highways on Sunday, December 15.

Several horrific incidents of violence were reported from Nadia, North 24 Parganas and Howrah districts of the state. At 24 Parganas North district, protesters blocked National Highway 34 and started a 'picnic' Protests also took place in Murshidabad and Birbhum districts.

At Amdanga in 24 Parganas district, protesters staged a demonstration by felling a tree and torching tyres on the road at Sonadanga and Dhankal on National Highway 34. At Kamdevpur, the protesters first blockaded the highway and then started cutting and mincing vegetables and cooking on the road to start a picnic.

According to the reports, many railway tracks in various stations of the districts were also blocked by the protestors. The Kalyani Expressway was blockaded at Ruia Bakultala crossing under Kahardah police station, while demonstrators set ablaze tyres to block the Berachapa-Pritima crossing under Deganga police station.

Members of Muslim community participate in a protest rally against CAB
Members of Muslim community participate in a protest rally against Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) and NRC, in Kolkata on Dec 13, 2019Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS

In Birbhum, demonstrators burnt tyres and blocked the Murarai-Raghunathganj state Highway at Hiyatnagar, and obstructed the road at Mitrapur.

Protesters carrying posters reading "No NRC, No CAA", and "Modi hatao, Desh bachao, BJP hatao, Desh Bachao", set up road blockades on Jangipur-Lalgola state highway at Kantakhali under Raghunathganj police station.

The eastern state has been scalded by escalating violence against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) that began on Friday and spread to more areas on Saturday. Mobs in various districts torched buses, trains and railway stations, set fire to government property and blocked roads and railway tracks, disrupting train and vehicular movements.

The protests have thrown railway services in jeopardy. EMU local train services on Howrah-Kharagpur section of South Eastern Railway resumed on Saturday evening after being stalled for 10 hours. A total of 15 trains have been cancelled and 10 trains have been partially cancelled, in view of public agitation at different railway stations in Howrah-Kharagpur railway section of South Eastern Railway.

The Eastern Railway has cancelled nine express and four long-distance passenger trains which were scheduled to ply on Sunday. The South Eastern Railway also cancelled one express and some passenger trains slated for the day. Some long-distance passenger trains also suffered the same fate.

(With agency inputs.)