Kolkata, March 26: Clashes broke out between two groups over a Ram Navami rally in Purulia district of West Bengal wherein a 50- year-old man was killed and five police personnel including a deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Subrata Kumar Pal were injured. The deceased, identified as S K Sajahan, was caught in the scuffle. Also Read - Mamata Banerjee Dares BJP To Arrest Her, Says Will Ensure TMC Victory in Polls From Jail Itself

Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Anuj Sharma said that violence erupted between the two groups over the Ram Navami procession taken out in the Arsha police station area of the district. Some people were arrested for their alleged involvement in the incident, Sharma informed. Also Read - BJP MLA Vijay Kumar Sinha Elected Speaker of Bihar Assembly by Majority Vote

To celebrate Ram Navami in various parts of the state yesterday, the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the opposition BJP had organised processions. At several places, armed processions were taken out to mark the occasion. Also Read - Ready to Work With Centre for Speedy Vaccination: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

In Kharagpur of West Midnapore district, West Bengal BJP president, Dilip Ghosh was seen participating in one such rally with a sword and a mace. He defended himself saying it was an age-old Hindu tradition to conduct “astra puja” (worship of weapons) on the day of Ram Navami.

However, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Anuj Sharma said, “Despite the police not giving permission, armed rallies were taken out at various places. The police will take legal action against it.”

TMC leaders of Purulia district alleged that the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) took out an armed Ram Navami procession, where children were seen wielding weapons. However. state VHP president Sachindranath Singha denied the allegation saying, “We had not taken out any armed Ram Navami procession. I have no information about any such armed procession with children but still, as allegations have been raised, I will look into it.”