New Delhi, Mar 30: Section 144 of the CrPC remains imposed in West Bengal’s Asansol, following continued violence and clashes between two groups over Ram Navami celebrations. The authorities have suspended internet services in a bid to avoid any untoward incident. Additional security forces, including the Rapid Action Force (RAF), have also been deployed along with the police.
However, no fresh incident of violence has been reported from the area since last night, the police said, adding that the situation was “under control”.
Earlier on Thursday, BJP MP Babul Supriyo stoked controversy while he was on his way to a relief camp in Kalyanpur, Asansol. Babul, the Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises and MP from Asansol, reportedly lost his cool and threatened to ‘skin’ some people who confronted him and shouted slogans against him.
Following the incident, Babul was booked for violating prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC and under Sections 146, 147, 148 (rioting) and 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), a non-bailable offence.
Speaking to ANI, Babul had said, “Whether it’s the police, the District Magistrate or the administration, they are all acting like TMC cadres. It’s no coincidence that Babul Supriyo enters Asansol after 24 hours and the internet services are shut down, because they know I’m going to give media reports from the ground and talk about the failure of the administration.”
On Wednesday, the Central Government sought a report from the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government on incidents of arson and violence following Ram Navami processions.
On March 25, the Ram Navami celebrations had turned sour after clashes erupted in various parts of Bengal leaving three dead and several injured.