East Bengal: Police lathi-charge supporters after fiery protests erupt in Maidan


The Leslie Claudis road in Kolkata witnessed a uncommon sight on Wednesday when two factions of East Bengal supporters clashed with one another resulting in a scuffle and subsequent lathi-charge by the Kolkata Police. One set of supporters raised slogans in opposition to the membership officers particularly demanding Debabrata Sarkar, aka Nitu Da, to supply his resignation. The different group lent their voice in help of the authorities.

Fans had began to assemble in entrance of the membership tent from 1 PM in the afternoon after a clarion name on social media known as for a protest in opposition to the membership officers. However, when the scenario began to show violent, mounted police had been additionally known as in to disperse the gang.

Police fees in direction of a supporter in Maidan. (Express Photo by Shashi Ghosh)

This is the primary time that such a scene was witnessed as two teams of red-and-yellow supporters ended up preventing. No supporter was grievously injured however as per the most recent replace, 5 of them needed to be taken to the hospital after they complained of sickness.

It all started after East Bengal membership officers determined to not signal the ultimate settlement with investor Shree Cement Limited, citing variations in the time period sheet and last settlement. This introduced uncertainty for SC East Bengal to take part in Indian Super League (ISL).

With the way forward for the pink and gold brigade in doubt, followers have been very vocal about what they really feel concerning the membership, they usually haven’t held themselves again even amidst the pandemic.

Amidst the Covid-19 disaster, greater than 500 folks thronged the realm round Maidan as Covid protocols went for a toss. Using a loudspeaker, police officers urged the gang to observe the norms however hardly anybody paid heed to it. Female protestors had been additionally current.

Speaking to indianexpress.com, one of many followers current on the protest web site, Trinath Das stated, “It is a sad day for Indian football. Fans demanding better governance of a storied footballing institution should be heard, not hurt. We hope for better days for East Bengal and its fans. Knew that club officials are corrupted and can go to any extent to stop the protest, but can’t imagine this. They call it “Fan base club” however that is how they deal with followers.”

Suman Rath, 40, one other fan who received overwhelmed up, stated, “I have been at the ground since 1997. When Bhaichung Bhutia scored a hattrick in the derby, it was my first game. But I have never faced such a situation where supporters are being beaten up. I was manhandled by officials who are close to Nitu da, I can identify them because they had blue and white ribbons on their hands.”

Later in the night, Nitu Sarkar, the person in the attention of the storm, addressed the media and stated, “East Bengal club is discussing its problem with Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. Though the club invited all to visit the club and see the agreements, not a single fan availed that opportunity. ShreeCement is not allowing public disclosure of agreement.”

East Bengal General Secretary Kalyan Majumdar, additionally launched a press release which learn: “We will not sign the agreement where the members will lose their fundamental rights, where the club will be permanently handed over and we will lose the right over ground, logo, tent.”

Meanwhile, AIFF secretary Kushal Das spoke on the incident and stated: “It is an unfortunate event that fans are being beaten by the club. However, I am afraid AIFF cannot interfere as it is a internal matter for East Bengal Club. The transfer window is on and other clubs are signing players, time is running out.”

In the earlier ISL season, East Bengal completed ninth.


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