Continues Rishra violence prompts the Governor to curtail his visit
After fresh violence was reported near Rishra railway station in Hooghly, West Bengal Governor C V Ananda Bose curtailed his two-day program in the state including his participation at a G20-related discussion at Darjeeling, and returned to Kolkata by Tuesday noon. As per the initial schedule, the Governor was supposed to return to Kolkata on April 6.
Although the Raj Bhavan has not cited any specific reason behind the Governor’s decision, sources said that from the sequence of events, it is clear that the continuing Rishra violence prompted the Governor to curtail his visit.
On April 2, several pockets in the Rishra area turned into virtual battlefields following clashes over the Ram Navami procession. Although the situation continued to remain tense in the area throughout the day, there were no reports of fresh clashes till late Monday evening.
However, around 10.30 p.m. on Monday, the situation became tense near the Rishra railway station when a group of people started throwing large crude bombs at the railway gate near the station.
The situation is tense with a huge police contingent constantly patrolling the area. Senior officials of the Chandernagore City Police are frequenting the area to supervise the security arrangements.
Section 144 of CrPC has been imposed in the troubled pockets in the area and internet services continue to remain suspended. Most of the shops in the area are closed.
Meanwhile, Leader of the Opposition in the state Suvendu Adhikari ridiculed Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s political program at the sea resort of Digha in East Midnapore district on Tuesday.
He pointed out that the Monday night violence at Rishra happened even though no procession was being carried out there at that time. “This Govt has totally failed in maintaining Law & Order. Deployment of Central Armed Police Forces is the only solution to protect the peace-loving people of WB,” Adhikari said in a Twitter message.
Why incidents of bombing & arson today? Nobody took out any Procession today.
The State Govt claimed “Alls Well”.
This Govt has totally failed in maintaining Law & Order. Deployment of Central Armed Police Forces is the only solution to protect the peace loving people of WB. pic.twitter.com/nPyRbJP1hr
— Suvendu Adhikari • শুভেন্দু অধিকারী (@SuvenduWB) April 3, 2023
[With Inputs from IANS]
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