Centre seeks report from West Bengal government on violence during Ram Navami

Michele Moreno
March 29, 2018

One person was killed and five policemen injured in clashes as the Bhatriya Janata Party (BJP) and Sangh Parivar outfits, in defiance of the state government's ban, organised armed rallies across West Bengal on the occasion of Ram Navami on Sunday. Centre has also offered assistance of paramilitary forces in this regard.

The ruling Trinamool Congress and the opposition BJP organised rallies and colourful processions to celebrate Ram Navami in various parts of the state on Sunady, with the saffron party dubbing these rallies as the first step towards "uniting the Hindus" of Bengal.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed. When police tried to control the situation, stones were pelted at them. The CM also asked the Director General of Police to be on alert and encourage people at the local level to stay vigilant and report anyone trying to disrupt harmony during the celebrations, the report said. "Sixteen persons have been arrested". "Besides, internet services have been suspended for 48 hours (from Saturday evening)", said Bhadrak Superintendent of Police Anup Sahu.

In Nadia, Birbhum, Bakura, East Midnapore, Purulia, Burdwan, North and South 24 Parganas, Coochbehar, North & South Dinajpur districts, huge rallies were taken out to celebrate Ram Navami. "Senior police officers, who are camping here in the aftermath of the violence, are monitoring the situation very closely", he added.

As scenes continued to shift between Kolkata and Delhi where BJP leader Prakash Javdekar likened Mamata Banerjee to emperor Nero who played flute when Rome burnt (questioning the timing of visit to Delhi when Raniganj was literally burning), the State Government retorted in equal measures saying "the Chief Minister is in Delhi to save India and its people from the BJP".

The West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said this serious issue will be dealt with robustly and strongly.

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