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Clashes in Bengal’s Hooghly during Ram Navami procession; BJP MLA, cops injured

the Rishra clashes

Kolkata, April 2 (IANS) After violence in Shibpur and Kazipara areas in Howrah district on March 30, a similar clash broke out on Sunday evening between two groups of people at Rishra in West Bengal’s Hooghly district over Ram Navami procession in which BJP vice-president and Lok Sabha MP Dilip Ghosh along with other leaders had also participated.

BJP legislator from Khanakul assembly constituency, Biman Ghosh, along with a number of police personnel including the officer-in-charge of Rishra police station, Piyali Biswas, were injured in the clashes.

The police said that as the procession reached a busy market area in Rishra on Sunday evening, a group of people attacked the procession following which clashes broke out.

The police resorted to cane-charge, and also fired teargas shells to bring the situation under control.

Biman Ghosh received injuries to his head, following which he was admitted to the nearby Uttarpara State General Hospital.

According to the Commissioner of Chandernagore City Police, Amit P Javalgi, Section 144 has been imposed in Rishra.

A huge police contingent has been deployed in the area. Internet services were suspended in the area till 10 p.m. on Monday.

West Bengal Governor C.V. Ananda Bose, after an initial discussion with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, has issued a statement claiming that the state government will take strong action against those involved in such unruly activities.

Claiming that the attack on the procession was pre-planned, Dilip Ghosh said it seems unlikely that the police did not have prior information about the attack on the procession. “The police should have been more careful,” he said.

Trinamool Congress MLA from Serampore assembly constituency Sudipta Roy said that outsiders who participated in the procession resorted to the violence in a planned way to disturb peace in the area.

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