Communal Violence flare-up Again in West Bengal, Section 144 Reimposed

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Jammu, 04 April (CNI) :Train services were disrupted and Section 144 was reimposed in the district as fresh communal violence broke out at Rishra in West Bengal’s Hooghly district on Monday night hours after the clashes that rocked three districts of the state during Ram Navami celebrations.

Although the situation in Rishra remained tense throughout the day, there were no reports of fresh clashes till Monday evening. However, the situation turned tense around 10:30 pm when a group of people started hurling bricks and crude bombs near the Rishra Railway Station. Some miscreants started pelting stones on the trains passing on the railway track,the violence spilled onto railway tracks and disrupted multiple local and long-distance trains and also set fire to a vehicle near the railway station.

Following the fresh violence Rail services were suspended in the busy Howrah-Burdwan main division due to which thousands of passengers were stranded at Howrah station. The passengers protested and alleged that the railway authorities were unable to provide any information about when normal train services would resume.

Meanwhile, a large police force led by Chandnagore City Police Commissioner, Amit P. Jwalgi, and Deputy Inspector General of Police (Burdwan Range) Shyam Singh along with Rapid Action Force personnel has started patrolling in the Rishra area.

Until the report was filed, the police force personnel started a route march in the streets of the area. Eastern Railway’s Chief Public Relations Officer Kaushik Mitra clearly said that until the situation is fully under control, train services cannot be resumed,adding that we cannot endanger the lives of passengers.

Pertinently to mention that The violence erupted in the Howrah district on March 30 when stones were allegedly thrown at a Ram Navami procession , So far 57 people have been arrested in this case. (CNI)

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