Despite Mamata's warning, 4 hurt in attack on BJP's Ram Navami pandal

Saul Bowman
March 29, 2018

According to the Ministry, the Central government also offered assistance of paramilitary forces in the light of reports of continuing violence and tension in some districts of the state.

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.

On Wednesday, the state government rushed three senior IPS officers along with a large contingent of riot control force of the Kolkata police to contain the situation.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed. The state government has deployed extra forces to provide security to class XII students who are appearing for their board exams.

In the clash on Monday, one potter, Manoj Mondal (50) was killed when he reportedly was caught in a clash.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee directed the DGP to instruct all superintendents of police to take strong action against those who carried arms in the rallies. Had the police acted earlier, the violence could have been averted. "Sixteen persons have been arrested".

A person was allegedly hacked to death while a Deputy Commissioner of Police lost a hand after getting hit by a bomb. Officer in-charge Pramit Ganguly also received head injuries, the officer had said.

As per a report, violence erupted on March 26 morning when stones were pelted at a Ram Navami procession in Hill Bustee area.

#3. Union minister and BJP's MP from Asansol Babul Supriyo was all set to take part in one of the rallies in Raniganj but backed out at the nick of the time.

State BJP president Dilip Ghosh said it was an age-old Hindu tradition to conduct "astra puja" (worship of weapons) on the day of Ram Navami and that he was not aware of any ban on armed rallies.

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