Kolkata, Mar 29: Communal clashes which erupted in West Bengal on Sunday in the wake of Ram Navami processions continued in Asansol and Raniganj on Wednesday with fresh incidents of violence being reported from the areas. Following fresh clashes, internet services have been suspended till Friday midnight. A team of senior IPS officers and a contingent of over 100 specialised police personnel has been sent to Asansol to control the situation. Also Read - After Odisha, Rare Bright Yellow Turtle Found In West Bengal; Pictures Stun The Internet
At least one more person died during clashes in Asansol on Wednesday. The West Bengal government, led by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, sent two senior IPS officers – director of security S.N. Gupta and inspector-general (traffic), north Bengal, Jawed Shamim – to Asansol. Gupta had served as commissioner of police of the Asansol-Durgapur police commissionerate in 2015. Also Read - West Bengal: 5 Killed as Boat Capsizes During Durga Idol Immersion in Murshidabad
Besides Gupta and Shamim, additional commissioner of police (I), Calcutta police, Vineet Goyal, deputy commissioner (east) Rupesh Kumar and deputy commissioner (traffic-south) Surya Pratap Yadav have been sent from Kolkata to Asansol to bring the situation under control. Prohibitory orders are put in place in many parts of Asansol, including Raniganj, Jamuria and Kulti. Also Read - Fact Check: Viral 'Asur' Idol is Not Modelled After Chinese Prez Xi Jinping, But Inspired From Mongolians
The situation also remained tense in Raniganj with the state government deploying additional forces. Shops, schools, local markets in and around Raniganj remained shut as prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC are in place. Nineteen people have been arrested from both Raniganj and Asansol so far for allegedly fomenting trouble. A clash broke out between two groups during a Ram Navami procession in Raniganj on Monday. A person was allegedly hacked to death.
Meanwhile, the state government advised Governor K.N. Tripathi not to visit the Deputy Commissioner of Police who got injured in a bomb attack during the violence at a Ram Navami procession in Raniganj. A statement from the Raj Bhawan said the state government expressed its inability to arrange for adequate security for Tripathi.
The Governor wanted to see for himself the condition of Asansol-Durgapur Deputy Commissioner of Police Arindam Dutta Chowdhury. “The state government informed that in view of deployment of police in the area, it will be difficult to provide adequate security to the Governor during the visit,” said the statement.