The BJP workers tore down West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s posters in several parts of Siliguri on Dec. 8, not Maa Durga puja posters.
The party tried to enforce a bandh condemning a party worker's death in the 'Uttarkanya Cholo Abhiyan' the day before. The BJP Yuva Morcha supporters marched from the party office at Jayamuni Bhawan to Mahatma Gandhi Crossing. They blocked roads and pulled down posters that had Banerjee's image on them and set them on fire.
The Trinamool Congress supporters ran to the spot and urged the police to clear the roads. When BJP activists tried to stop an NBSTC bus, Trinamool workers protested, which led to a scuffle. Later, BJP claimed that their youth activist Nilabo Ghosal was beaten up by the Trinamool men during the clash. Also, it claimed that forty protestors were arrested, and no confirmation was forthcoming from the police. Trinamool's Darjeeling district president Ranjan Sarkar condemned the incident and said that BJP was trying to set Bengal on fire.