Fresh violence and arson erupted during the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Ram Navami Shobha Yatra at Risra in West Bengal’s Hooghly on Sunday. Stone pelting was also reported.
The BJP’s vice president Dilip Ghosh was present in the Shobha Yatra when the miscreants created a ruckus.
The rally was organized by the BJP Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) and other Hindu organisations. The BJP claims that MLA Biman Ghosh was injured in the attack.
Upon receiving the information, the Commissioner of Police, Chandannagar, Amit Jabalgir, rushed to the spot with an additional police force.
Kunal Ghosh, TMC spokesperson said, “What has happened in Hooghly is the same as in Howrah. The BJP is trying to provoke and instigate riots in a preplanned manner.”
“We are seeking more details. The BJP leaders are competing among themselves about who can fan more riots -Sukanta Majumdar or Dilip Ghosh,” Kunal Ghosh said.
RAM NAVAMI VIOLENCE
The violence in Hoogly took place a few days after the Ram Navami clashes broke out in Howrah. A total of 38 people have been arrested in connection with the clashes.
Several shops were ransacked during the violence while a number of cars, including a few police vehicles, were set on fire.
Police personnel deployed in the area were pelted with stones on Friday afternoon following which prohibitory orders were imposed in the area and internet services were suspended.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the ruling All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) continued to exchange barbs over violence that erupted in West Bengal during a Ram Navami procession.
A BJP leader, Raju Jha, was shot dead by unidentified miscreants at Shaktigrah in West Bengal’s Purba Bardhaman on Saturday evening.
Bengal BJP chief Sukanta Majumdar reached Howrah’s Shibpur on Sunday to meet local residents at Panchsheel apartment, where vandalism was reported during a Ram Navami procession. Majumdar, however, was stopped from visiting the site as police said that prohibitory orders were in place.
As he was stopped from meeting the victims of Shibpur violence in Howrah, he said, “West Bengal CM is not for all but only one for people of one religion.”
Amid the tension prevailing in Howrah, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee blamed the BJP for the violence and alleged that the saffron party had planned it for a month