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Violent Clashes Erupt In Murshidabad During Ram Navami Procession; Multiple Injuries Reported

Stones were thrown at the procession, prompting the police to use lathi charges and tear gas to disperse the crowd. The BJP alleged that the police failed to protect the procession and accused them of siding with the attackers

Edited By : Aniket Raj | Updated: Apr 18, 2024 08:41 IST
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Murshidabad Ram Navami
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During a Ram Navami procession in West Bengal’s Murshidabad district on Wednesday, confrontations occurred, leading to injuries sustained by numerous individuals. In the Shaktipur area, the incident occurred as a group was conducting a procession as part of the Hindu festival. Videos captured from the vicinity depicted individuals hurling stones at the procession from rooftops.

To disperse the mob, the police resorted to lathi charges and fired tear gas shells. They added that the situation had been brought under control and additional forces had been deployed to the area. Injured individuals were transported to Murshidabad Medical College and Hospital in Behrampore for medical treatment.

The BJP’s Bengal unit has claimed that stones were thrown at the rally and shops were vandalized. According to Leader of Opposition Suvendu Adhikari, a peaceful Ram Navami procession, which had all the necessary permissions, was attacked by miscreants in Saktipur, Beldanga – II Block, Murshidabad. Adhikari also accused the police of joining the miscreants in the attack and firing tear gas shells on the Ram devotees to abruptly end the procession.

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The incident occurred shortly after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s warning about potential riots during Ram Navami in Murshidabad. Banerjee’s statement followed the Election Commission’s decision to remove the Deputy Inspector General of Police of Murshidabad due to reported violence in the district and accusations of inadequate supervision by the officer.

Earlier on Wednesday, Mamata Banerjee claimed that there were schemes underway to provoke riots in the state during the Ram Navami celebrations. Last year’s Ram Navami celebrations in Bengal were also marred by violence, resulting in a significant confrontation between the BJP and the Trinamool Congress.

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First published on: Apr 18, 2024 08:41 AM IST

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