Ten people have been arrested in connection with violence at a Ram Navami rally in Asansol, the city with the second largest population in West Bengal, police told IANS on Tuesday, 16 April.
Two police vehicles were vandalised and set on fire in the violence on Barakar Station Road, Asansol-Durgapur Police Commissioner Laxmi Narayan Meena said.
He, however, said the situation was now “completely peaceful” and “under control”.
“There was unrest in the area after Ram Navami rally on Monday. Two police vehicles were vandalised and set on fire. We have arrested 10 people for vandalism,” said Meena.
The police were probing whether all of them took part in the rallies. “Their political affiliation is yet to be ascertained,” he said.
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Union Minister and BJP leader Babul Supriyo blamed state’s Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for not letting people celebrate a Hindu festival in a tweet on Tuesday.
“This is the Bengal of Mamata didi’s leadership where Hindu cannot take out a rally of their lord Ram with peace and happiness,” Supriyo said in a tweet on Monday, while sharing a video of the violence.
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Viswa Hindu Parishad spokesman Sourish Mukherjee claimed that trouble erupted after stones were pelted at the Ram Navami rally.
“This sort of situation happened last year also. Unfortunately, police and the administration never take action against these miscreants,” he said.
He said several people sustained injuries when they were beaten up by the police. Meena said the exact cause of violence was being probed. Mukherjee said more rallies will be taken out in and around Asansol on Tuesday.
(With inputs from IANS)
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