The BJP has called for a West Bengal bandh on September 26 after two students died in Islampur in police firing. After the news spread in the nearby areas state roads were blocked by agitating students who were protesting against the killing by police. Tapas Barman, a third-year student, succumbed to injuries in North Bengal Medical College and Hospital while Rajesh Sarkar, an ITI student, died in the clash Thursday.
Both Barman and Sarkar were area residents and former students of Daribhit High School in Islampur area. Locals alleged that the two students were killed in police firing but the SP of North Dinajpur, Sumnit Kumar, said the police did not open fire. The SP, however, admitted that the deceased students had received bullet injuries and said the police were investigating who fired the gunshots.