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Bengal police on alert as fresh violence reported in Howrah day after Ram Navami clashes

West Bengal Violence: The violence that started on the day of Ram Navami in Howrah, West Bengal continues for second day. On Friday, once again there was heavy stone pelting in Howrah.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Howrah/West Bengal: After the violence during Ram Navami, there have been clashes again in Howrah, West Bengal. According to sources, today also an incident of stone pelting took place in Howrah. Security personnel have reached the spot and are trying to control the situation. Violence broke out between two groups on Thursday during a Ram Navami procession in West Bengal’s Howrah city, in which several vehicles were torched and shops vandalised. Police said that several people have been detained after the incident.

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Fresh incidents of stone pelting and arson were reported in Shibpur area, hours after the road where the incident took place was opened for traffic. At least 36 people have been arrested after clashes broke out in Shibpur area, where several vehicles were torched following alleged provocative sloganeering and stone-pelting during a Ram Navami procession.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had said the procession took an unauthorised route “to particularly target and attack one community”.

She accused the BJP of hiring goons from outside the state to orchestrate communal riots. “Nobody has stopped their processions, but they do not have the right to march with swords and bulldozers. How did they get the audacity to do this in Howrah?” she said.

Ram Navami processions were taken out by BJP and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leaders in different parts of the state on Thursday. VHP spokesperson Saureesh Mukhopadhyay said the VHP organized 1,000 big and small processions across the state on the occasion. In Howrah, Kharagpur, Barrackpore, Bhadreshwar, Siliguri and Asansol, thousands of people participated in the procession chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’.

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The last time there were communal riots in West Bengal during Ram Navami, a year before the general elections.

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