Asansol violence: Situation under control, says police

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#5. On Sunday, one person was killed and five policemen were wounded in clashes throughout a procession in Purulia, as sword-wielding BJP supporters' challenges a government ban on armed rallies at numerous places in West Bengal, police told.

Considering the present security scenario, Centre had also offered assistance to paramilitary forces.

The violence erupted in Beldi village in Arsha over the route of the Ram Navami procession.

According to sources in the government, the state has turned down central government's proposal to deploy central forces in Asansol-Raniganj area and said that the situation could be managed by the state police forces.

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In a communication, the Ministry of Home Affairs asked the West Bengal government to send a report about the incident, the steps being taken to restore normalcy and the action taken against those involved in the violence.

At least 10 people were injured when the members of the Ram Navami Utsav Committee came to blows with the police personnel during a procession in the area. "Sixteen persons have been arrested". Bombs were also reportedly hurled at police. "We have stopped all Ram Navami rallies after the clash at Railpar to prevent fresh violence", said a district official. "The police will take legal action against it", Sharma said.

In the Raniganj area of Bardhaman West district, two police officers were seriously injured when two groups attacked each other during a rally.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had earlier on Wednesday warned that "Hooliganism will not be tolerated". Apart from the armed rallies, large processions were also taken out to celebrate Ram Navami in Birbhum, Bankura, Cooch Behar, Nadia, North and South 24 Paraganas by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) affiliated organisations inlcuding the Hindu Jagaran Manch and Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP).