Ramnavami procession: Fresh violence erupts in Asansol-Raniganj

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Following reports of clashes in West Bengal's Asansol during Ram Navami processions, the Central government on Wednesday asked the state government to submit a report on incidents of arson and violence in the last two days. And no deaths have taken place.

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.

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The injured police personnel included an officer of the rank of Deputy Superintendent, the police said.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

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Meanwhile, LN Meena, Commissioner of Police, Durgapur appealed people through media to not trust rumours, the situation is under control. Police sources said at least two of these, in North 24 Parganas, were armed rallies. A police officer and some constables were also injured in the attacks. "We have stopped all Ram Navami rallies after the clash at Railpar to prevent fresh violence", said a district official.

"Soon after getting information that children were made to participate in a Ram Navami rally with arms, police rushed to the spot and seized the arms. The police had to baton-charge the agitators", he said. "I will not tolerate this", she said at a meeting at Pailan. Clashes were also reported from the Kandi area of Murshidabad yesterday when an armed Ram Navami procession tried to enter a police station.

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MP from Asansol, Babul Supriyo on Tuesday accused the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government of destroying communal harmony by practising "appeasement politics" and called on Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi to apprise him of the situation in Raniganj. In Kolkata several rallies were taken out by the RSS-backed Ram Navami Udjapan Samity (Celebration Committee).

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