Kolkata: Black Flags shown to PM Modi; 35 Youth Congress activists arrested

New Delhi:Around 35 Youth Congress activists were arrested for trying to show black flags to Prime Minister Narendra Modi who visited Kolkata on Sunday evening to launch the centenary celebrations of Gaudiya Mission and Math, police said.

Around 5 PM, the Youth Congress activists gathered near Netaji Indoor Stadium, the venue of the event, and started waving black flags when a fleet of cars was approaching the place, they said. The Youth Congress activities were protesting against the ongoing JNU controversy, a Congress party leader said.

“The activists mistook the fleet of cars with that of the PM and they started waving black flags and raised ‘Modi go back’ slogans. We did not take any chance and immediately arrested them,” a senior officer of Kolkata Police said.

Modi reached the venue around 7 PM after reaching the Netaji Subhas Chandra International Airport at around 5.55 PM. The Prime Minister was received at the airport by Governor K N Tripathi, state minister for urban development Firhad Hakim and state power minister Manish Gupta.