West Bengal's Asansol and Raniganj districts limping to normal after Ram Navami violence, prohibitory orders lifted

The route march by security forces has also been withdrawn in the area, a senior police official said, adding that pickets have also been pared in the region from today.

Published: 02nd April 2018 08:08 PM  |   Last Updated: 02nd April 2018 08:08 PM   |  A+A-

Police use batons to control the situation after an armed crowd allegedly barged into a police station over Ram Navami clashes at Kandi in Murshidabad on Monday. | PTI File Photo


ASANSOL: Prohibitory orders in the riot-hit areas of Asansol and Raniganj were today lifted with peace and normalcy returning to the region, police said.

The route march by security forces has also been withdrawn in the area, a senior police official said, adding that pickets have also been pared in the region from today.

"The situation in Asansol and Raniganj is largely peaceful and life has returned to normal," Sub-division officer (SDO)Pralay Row Chowdhury said.

Internet services, however, will remain suspended in the region till April 4, the police official said.

The NHRC today sent a notice to the West Bengal government and the state's police chief over the alleged failure of law enforcement agencies "in protecting the liberty and dignity" of people, who have become victims of violence in the Asansol-Raniganj area during Ram Navami celebrations.

Expressing serious concern over the situation, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued the notice to the state's chief secretary, home secretary and the director general of police, seeking a detailed report in four weeks, senior officials said.

The rights panel, in a statement, has also asked its director general (Investigation) to depute a team headed by an officer, not below the rank of an SSP, to visit the disturbed areas of Asansol-Raniganj for spot investigation or inquiry to assess the actual situation, and submit a report within three weeks.

One person was killed and two police officers were seriously injured on March 26, when clashes broke out between two groups over a Ram Navami procession in the Raniganj area of Bardhaman West district.

The violence spread to areas in Asansol, prompting the police to suspend Internet services and clamp prohibitory orders under Section 144 in the trouble-torn areas of the district.

A BJP delegation had visited the trouble-torn areas and blamed the Trinamool Congress government for "failure" to control the violence.

West Bengal Governor K N Tripathi had met the victims of the violence on Saturday and appealed for peace, saying people from all religions should respect each other's festivals.


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